Someone who enjoys discussions could be described as?

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    There are plenty of insults for people who like to argue, "argumentative", "contentious" and others. If you want to specify polite and constructive discussions I don't have an answer yet. Could you provide a sample sentence with a blank where the word would go? It would provide useful context. – chasly from UK Aug 11 '15 at 15:07
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    policy discussions? gossipy discussions? just likes to talk? can you be a bit more specific? – Michael_B Aug 11 '15 at 15:16
  • It's for a translation of the German compound noun Diskussionsfreudigkeit. – Sr0r Aug 11 '15 at 15:22
  • Sr0r, that is not what has been requested. This is not a translation website. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 11 '15 at 15:34
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    @Sr0r, if you could expound on the qualities you expect this word to fulfill, you might help weed out answers that are entirely off base. For example, is this a positive trait or a negative one? – Kristina Lopez Aug 11 '15 at 16:41

A conversationalist:

conversationalist n

  1. a person who enjoys or excels in conversation

[ Collins]

{discussion n.

  1. Consideration of a subject by a group; an earnest conversation.

[ AHDEL] }


This answer takes into consideration the comments posted along with the question.

If my understanding is correct, the German word "Diskussionsfreudigkeit" means having a propensity to debate or keen to debate.

Hence, maybe you're looking for "debater".


a person who engages in debate


  • a discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something
    ~ Merriam-Webster.com

  • to engage in argument or discussion / to dispute or disagree about
    ~ Dictionary.com

  • I voted for Debater that I prefer to Polemicist that has no pleasure connotation. – Graffito Aug 11 '15 at 17:55


  • fond of or given to argument; disputatious.

    • an argumentative employee


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    These all have negative connotations. So someone can't enjoy a discussion without being perceived negatively? (she asked in an argumentative tone! lol!) The German word she is trying to reproduce in English doesn't have the negative cast that these words do, FWIW. – Kristina Lopez Aug 11 '15 at 16:39
  • @kristina - FYI - the German term was posted after my answer. The question was about someone who likes discussions ( which does not imply anything necessarily positive). – user66974 Aug 11 '15 at 17:01
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    "I like to discuss matters over a cup of coffee" and "We discussed over coffee" is not the same as arguing. In Italian discutere can have positive and negative connotations. In English the term, discuss, is rarely seen as being negative. A person who enjoys quarrelling is argumentative. A person who enjoys discussing is closer to being talkative. – Mari-Lou A Aug 11 '15 at 17:22
  • @Mari-LouA - ( no discussion please) Discuss : consider or examine by argument. to discuss the proposed law on taxes. dictionary.reference.com/browse/discuss – user66974 Aug 11 '15 at 17:27
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    But when you discuss something you don't normally raise your voice, there is no anger involved. And an argument also means a topic. [Can you not see how my example sentence "discuss over coffee" is more positive and fits better than "argue"?] – Mari-Lou A Aug 11 '15 at 17:29

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