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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discussion \Dis*cus"sion\, n. [L. discussio a shaking,
     examination, discussion: cf. F. discussion.]
     1. The act or process of discussing by breaking up, or
        dispersing, as a tumor, or the like. [archaic]
        [1913 Webster]
     2. The act of discussing or exchanging reasons; examination
        by argument; debate; disputation; agitation.
        [1913 Webster]
              The liberty of discussion is the great safeguard of
              all other liberties.                  --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
     Discussion of a problem or Discussion of an equation
        (Math.), the operation of assigning different reasonable
        values to the arbitrary quantities and interpreting the
        result. --Math. Dict.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with
           some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent
           discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race
           question is badly biased" [syn: discussion, treatment,
      2: an exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good
         discussion"; "we had a word or two about it" [syn:
         discussion, give-and-take, word]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  108 Moby Thesaurus words for "discussion":
     airing, analysis, argument, article, audience, bargaining,
     bargaining session, bull session, buzz session, canvassing,
     causerie, chat, colloquium, colloquy, conclave, confab,
     confabulation, conference, confrontation, congress, consideration,
     consultation, convention, conversation, council, council fire,
     council of war, debate, debating, deliberation, descant, dialectic,
     dialogue, discourse, disquisition, dissertation, essay, etude,
     examination, exchange, exchange of views, excursus, exposition,
     eyeball-to-eyeball encounter, feature, first approach, forum,
     high-level talk, homily, huddle, interchange of views, interview,
     introductory study, investigation, joint discussion,
     logical analysis, logical discussion, lucubration, meeting, memoir,
     monograph, morceau, negotiations, news conference, note,
     open discussion, open forum, outline, palaver, pandect,
     panel discussion, paper, paragraph, parley, piece, pourparler,
     powwow, preliminary study, press conference, prolegomenon, rap,
     rap session, research paper, review, screed, scrutiny, seance,
     seminar, session, sitting, sketch, special article, study, summit,
     summit conference, summitry, survey, symposium, talk, term paper,
     theme, thesis, town meeting, tract, tractate, treatise, treatment,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISCUSSION, civil law. A proceeding, on the part of a surety, by which. the 
  property of the principal debtor is made liable before resort can be had to 
  the sureties; this is called the benefit of discussion. This is the law in 
  Louisiana. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 3014 to 3020. See Domat, 3, 4, 1 to 4; 
  Burge on Sur. 329, 343, 348; 5 Toull. p. 544 7 Toull. p. 93; 2 Bouv. Inst. 
  n. 1414. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  DISCUSSION, n.  A method of confirming others in their errors.

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