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There are some word references and debates for "negociate".

Anyone knows if both are correct ? Where does the spelling "negociate" comes from ?

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    You need to supply those references on ELU. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 14 '16 at 16:27
  • What does your dictionary say? – rogermue Mar 14 '16 at 17:46
  • Not happy about genref closure (though noref requires it). The first dictionary I looked in listed 'negociate' unflagged. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 14 '16 at 17:48
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The spelling "negociate" comes from a couple of centuries ago...

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...but today it's archaic, obsolete.

  • .........Which? – Edwin Ashworth Mar 14 '16 at 17:31
  • @Edwin: Going by the definition The temporal label obsolete means that there is no evidence of use since 1755 I suppose you'd have to say it's merely archaic, but that doesn't really square with M-W's definition: archaic means that "a word or sense once in common use is found today only sporadically or in special contexts". (I'd say there are no "special contexts" for it today, and any "sporadic" instances will simply be from people who can't spell for toffee). – FumbleFingers Mar 14 '16 at 17:55
  • I usually fudge by using a dash (A/B meaning 'A or B / both / somewhere in between ...). – Edwin Ashworth Mar 14 '16 at 23:07
  • @Edwin: Yes, but going by MW's definitions, I can't accurately use either term. Nevertheless, I positively refuse to say negociate is merely a "dated" spelling. I could maybe tolerate "hopelessly out-of-date" though. – FumbleFingers Mar 15 '16 at 13:50
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Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged lists "negociate" as an "archaic variant of negotiate", which means that it's not in common use anymore. Given that, I would use "negotiate."

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