ne·go·ti·a·tion /nɪˌgoʃiˈeʃən, &dɪvɪdɛ;si-/
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 Indies. --Evelyn.
3. 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.
An important negotiation with foreign powers. --Macaulay.
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: dialogue, talks]
2: the activity or business of negotiating an agreement; coming