What does negotiation mean?

Definitions for negotiation
nɪˌgoʊ ʃiˈeɪ ʃən, -si-ne·go·ti·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. negotiation, dialogue, talksnoun

    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"

  2. negotiationnoun

    the activity or business of negotiating an agreement; coming to terms


  1. negotiationnoun

    The process of achieving agreement through discussion.

  2. Etymology: From négociation, from negotiatio, from negotiari; see negotiate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Negotiationnoun

    Treaty of business.

    Etymology: negociation, Fr. from negotiate.

    Oil is slow, smooth, and solid; so are Spaniards observed to be in their motion: Though it be a question yet unresolved, whether their affected gravity and slowness in their negotiations have tended more to their prejudice or advantage. How.


  1. Negotiation

    Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties intended to reach a beneficial outcome over one or more issues where a conflict exists with respect to at least one of these issues. Negotiation is an interaction and process between entities who compromise to agree on matters of mutual interest, while optimizing their individual utilities. This beneficial outcome can be for all of the parties involved, or just for one or some of them. Negotiators need to understand the negotiation process and other negotiators to increase their chances to close deals, avoid conflicts, establishing relationship with other parties and gain profit.It is aimed to resolve points of difference, to gain advantage for an individual or collective, or to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests. It is often conducted by putting forward a position and making concessions to achieve an agreement. The degree to which the negotiating parties trust each other to implement the negotiated solution is a major factor in determining whether negotiations are successful. People negotiate daily, often without considering it a negotiation. Negotiation occurs in organizations, including businesses, non-profits, and within and between governments as well as in sales and legal proceedings, and in personal situations such as marriage, divorce, parenting, etc. Professional negotiators are often specialized, such as union negotiators, leverage buyout negotiators, peace negotiator, or hostage negotiators. They may also work under other titles, such as diplomats, legislators, or brokers. There is also negotiation conducted by algorithms or machines known as autonomous negotiation. For automation, the negotiation participants and process have to be modeled correctly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Negotiationnoun

    the act or process of negotiating; a treating with another respecting sale or purchase. etc

  2. Negotiationnoun

    hence, mercantile business; trading

  3. Negotiationnoun

    the transaction of business between nations; the mutual intercourse of governments by diplomatic agents, in making treaties, composing difference, etc.; as, the negotiations at Ghent

  4. Etymology: [L. negotiatio: cf. F. ngociation.]


  1. Negotiation

    Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties, intended to reach an understanding, resolve point of difference, or gain advantage in outcome of dialogue, to produce an agreement upon courses of action, to bargain for individual or collective advantage, to craft outcomes to satisfy various interests of two people/parties involved in negotiation process. Negotiation is a process where each party involved in negotiating tries to gain an advantage for themselves by the end of the process. Negotiation is intended to aim at compromise. Negotiation occurs in business, non-profit organizations, government branches, legal proceedings, among nations and in personal situations such as marriage, divorce, parenting, and everyday life. The study of the subject is called negotiation theory. Professional negotiators are often specialized, such as union negotiators, leverage buyout negotiators, peace negotiators, hostage negotiators, or may work under other titles, such as diplomats, legislators or brokers.

Editors Contribution

  1. negotiation

    The act and process of negotiate.

    The negotiation was easy, simple, just and fair.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'negotiation' in Nouns Frequency: #946

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of negotiation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of negotiation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of negotiation in a Sentence

  1. Pascal Lamy:

    I can understand that from his side but he has to think about the impact of this on the continent, i am quite convinced that at the end of the day, if you want a proper balanced, win-win relationship in the future, starting with tax competition is not the right way psychologically to prepare this negotiation.

  2. The President:

    When you start getting to the point where you are actively communicating that the United States government and our secretary of state is somehow spinning presentations in a negotiation with a foreign power, particularly one that you say is your enemy, that's a problem, it needs to stop.

  3. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ':

    We are already achieving significant victories in this hard negotiation with our lenders like the one we achieved yesterday by keeping ADMIE in state hands.

  4. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi:

    After many years of hard efforts, the border talks continue to make progress, and the dispute has been brought under control, at the moment, the boundary negotiation is in the process of building up small and positive developments.

  5. Marco Tulio:

    Yesterday we had a long meeting and he at no point established this link. These things are not linked. This negotiation is happening in parallel.

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