I'm drafting meeting notes from a steering committee that is attended by several c-more level executives. What’s a better way to say “lots of discussion”

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    discussions /deliberations....
    – Misti
    Jun 2 '15 at 13:54
  • Maybe Exchanges...
    – Mynamite
    Jun 2 '15 at 14:13
  • @MystiSinha: You should make deliberations an answer. You'll have my upvote. ODO defines it as 'Long and careful consideration or discussion'
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 2 '15 at 14:26
  • Define "better". You don't say what is limiting about the expression "lots of discussion", so there is no way for us to know what would constitute an improvement. This question should be closed as unclear (unless you clarify it).
    – Drew
    Jun 2 '15 at 14:45
  • I don’t know what a C-more level executive is, but it does have executive in there so maybe “enough hot air to run a small city was wasted before a decision was reached”. ;-)
    – Jim
    Jun 3 '15 at 1:35


The noun deliberation comes from the Latin word deliberare, meaning “weigh,” or “consider well.”

Whenever a person or group needs to work through all of the possible solutions to a problem, this is deliberation.

  • A mistrial was declared after 18 days of deliberations.

(Washington Times,Jun 1, 2015).

  • He told reporters he couldn’t comment as he left the courtroom after a 13-hour day of testimony and jury deliberations.

(Time,May 30, 2015).


  • +, I would prefer deliberations to "lot of ...." in a formal meeting note. Jun 2 '15 at 15:49
  • Here's my +1 as promised. Your link was a bit off. Fixed it.
    – Tushar Raj
    Jun 2 '15 at 16:53

I'd replace the more informal "lots of" by wide/considerable/in-depth/intense discussion.


You might try extensive discussion or, if the discussion was extensive beyond reasonable limits, exhaustive discussion.


If it got a little heated you could go for:

"A full and frank exchange of ideas and concepts"


It depends on the context.

After much discussion ...

Lengthy discussion

Quantitative discussion


Maureen, am I right that you are referring to CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and the like when you say c-more level executives? At my organization we call those folks C-level. And I'm also guessing that you want to keep your meeting notes as professional and dispassionate as possible, and just stick to objective and accurate language.

If the discussion was productive and marked by participants' interest, excitement and energy, you might use the term healthy discussion.

If the discussion went long because of disagreements or confusing information that required clarification, you might say debate and discussion.

If the discussion was unfocused and not productive, you might want to tactfully leave it at lengthy discussion, or perhaps the overly flattering brainstorming, and not qualify too much.


You can use "discourse."

Discourse(noun): A formal discussion of a topic in speech or writing.


All listened devoutly to a discourse delivered with an emphatic slowness and penetrating beneath the letter of the Law to the spiritual truth that lay hidden within.

oxforddictionaries.com: Discourse

  • Neither of these imply a lot of discussion
    – Chenmunka
    Jun 2 '15 at 14:22
  • Hi, and thanks for taking the time to post under this question. It's great that you want to help. However, this answer doesn't really seem to be a full answer. When answering it's best to write in full sentences and, in the case of single-word-requests, give a good explanation why the word you're suggesting is a good one. If necessary quote and reference a dictionary. Jun 3 '15 at 8:31
  • Done! Provided the source and an example.
    – 4-K
    Jun 3 '15 at 14:43

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