- mutual discussion and arrangement of the terms of a transaction or agreement: the negotiation of a treaty.
- the act or process of negotiating.
- an instance or the result of negotiating.
- a discussion set up or intended to produce a settlement or agreement
- the act or process of negotiating
n.early 15c., from Old French negociacion “business, trade,” and directly from Latin negotiationem (nominative negotiatio) “business, traffic,” noun of action from past participle stem of negotiari “carry on business, do business, act as a banker,” from negotium “a business, employment, occupation, affair (public or private),” also “difficulty, pains, trouble, labor,” literally “lack of leisure,” from neg- “not” (see deny) + otium “ease, leisure.” The sense expansion from “doing business” to also include “bargaining” about anything took place in Latin.