Legal Definition of negotiate
- To communicate on a matter of disagreement between two parties, with a view to first listen to the other party's perspective and to then attempt to arrive at a resolution by consensus.
Definition of negotiate
From Latin negotiatus, pp. of negotiari ("to carry on business") < negotium ("business") (Eng. usg. 1599) < nec ("not") + otium ("leisure, ease, inactivity").
- (RP) IPA: /nəˈgəʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, /nɪˈgəʊ.si.eɪt/, SAMPA: /n@g@(U)Se(I)t/
- (US) IPA: /nəˈgoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, /nɪˈgoʊ.ʃi.eɪt/, SAMPA: /n@go(U)Se(I)t/
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to negotiate (third-person singular simple present negotiates, present participle negotiating, simple past and past participle negotiated)
- (intransitive) To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
1963: "You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue." -Martin Luther King, Jr., to the eight fellow clergymen who opposed the civil rights action, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait
- (transitive) To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.
We negotiated the contract to everyone's satisfaction.
- (transitive) To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.
We negotiated the mountain track with difficulty.
Although the car was quite rickety, he could negotiate the curves very well.
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