1. [syn: negotiation, dialogue, talks]
2. the activity or business of negotiating an agreement; coming to terms;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Negotiation \Ne*go`ti*a"tion\, n. [L. negotiatio: cf. F.
1. The act or process of negotiating; a treating with another
respecting sale or purchase. etc.
2. Hence, mercantile business; trading. [Obs.]
Who had lost, with these prizes, forty thousand
pounds, after twenty years' negotiation in the East
3. The transaction of business between nations; the mutual
intercourse of governments by diplomatic agents, in making
treaties, composing difference, etc.; as, the negotiations
An important negotiation with foreign powers.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a discussion intended to produce an agreement; "the buyout
negotiation lasted several days"; "they disagreed but kept
an open dialogue"; "talks between Israelis and
Palestinians" [syn: negotiation, dialogue, talks]
2: the activity or business of negotiating an agreement; coming
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
52 Moby Thesaurus words for "negotiation":
audience, bargaining, bargaining session, business deal, chaffer,
chaffering, collective bargaining, coming to terms,
commercial transaction, conclave, confab, confabulation,
conference, confrontation, congress, consultation, convention,
council, council fire, council of war, deal, dickering, discussion,
exchange of views, eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, haggle, haggling,
higgling, high-level talk, huddle, interchange of views, interview,
meeting, negotiations, news conference, operation,
package bargaining, package deal, palaver, parley,
pattern bargaining, pourparler, powwow, press conference, seance,
session, sitting, summit, summit conference, summitry, transaction,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
NEGOTIATION, merc. law. The act by which a bill of exchange or promissory
note is put into circulation by being passed by one of the original parties
to another person.
2. Until an accommodation bill or note has been negotiated, there is no
contract which can be enforced on the note: the contract, either express or
implied, that the party accommodated will indemnify the other, is, till
then, conditional. 2 Man. & Gr. 911.