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. Mar 14, 2016 at 16:27
  • What does your dictionary say?
    – rogermue
    Mar 14, 2016 at 17:46
  • Not happy about genref closure (though noref requires it). The first dictionary I looked in listed 'negociate' unflagged. Mar 14, 2016 at 17:48

2 Answers 2


The spelling "negociate" comes from a couple of centuries ago...

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

  • .........Which? Mar 14, 2016 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). Mar 14, 2016 at 17:55
  • I usually fudge by using a dash (A/B meaning 'A or B / both / somewhere in between ...). Mar 14, 2016 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 I could maybe tolerate "hopelessly out-of-date" though. Mar 15, 2016 at 13:50

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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