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Parts of discussions

contention

noun

an opinion or statement that something is true, especially one made during a discussion or argument

focus

noun

the thing that people are concentrating on or paying particular attention to

item

noun

an individual subject that you are discussing or dealing with

point

noun

the thing that you are trying to say

point of order

noun

a question about whether something is against the rules of a meeting

side issue

noun

a subject that is connected to the main subject of a discussion but is less important

sidelight

noun

a less important issue connected with the main subject of something such as a report or a discussion

starting point

noun

something that you use as the first stage in a discussion, learning process, or other activity

sticking point

noun

something that people cannot agree on and that stops them from continuing with a discussion

substance

noun

the most important ideas or basic meaning of a discussion or a piece of writing

thrust

noun

the main idea or intention of something such as a document, speech, or policy

kimchi

a Korean dish made from fermented cabbage or other vegetables, garlic and spices

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jones

a compulsive desire for something; an addiction to something

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