negotiation Definition

  • 1discussion aimed at reaching an agreement
  • 2the action or process of transferring legal ownership of a document or instrument from one person to another

Using negotiation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "negotiation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The negotiation between the two countries lasted for months.

  • Example

    The union and management are in negotiation over a new contract.

  • Example

    The sale of the property is pending negotiation of the final terms.

negotiation Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for negotiation

Antonyms for negotiation

Idioms Using negotiation

  • involved in negotiations


    The two sides are finally at the negotiating table after months of tension.

  • negotiate aggressively to get the best deal possible


    He drove a hard bargain and got a great price for the car.

  • compromise with someone in order to reach an agreement


    We had to meet the other side halfway in order to reach a successful negotiation.

Phrases with negotiation

  • a negotiation that is difficult or confrontational


    The two sides engaged in hard negotiation over the terms of the deal.

  • a negotiation that results in an agreement that satisfies both parties


    The successful negotiation of the treaty was celebrated by both countries.

  • negotiation skills

    the ability to negotiate effectively


    Negotiation skills are essential in business and politics.

Origins of negotiation

from Latin 'negotiatio', meaning 'business'


Summary: negotiation in Brief

Negotiation [nɪˌɡəʊʃiˈeɪʃ(ə)n] refers to discussions aimed at reaching an agreement, often involving compromise. It can involve the transfer of legal ownership, as in 'The sale of the property is pending negotiation of the final terms.' Negotiation skills are important in business and politics, and idioms like 'drive a hard bargain' and 'meet someone halfway' reflect the challenges of negotiation.

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