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Discussion or negotiation preliminary to an agreement or treaty.
[French, from Old French, to discuss with the aim of reaching agreement, conversation preliminary to an agreement : pour, for, before (from Old French, from Latin prō; see pro-1) + parler, to talk; see parley.]
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pourparler(purparle; English pʊəˈpɑːleɪ)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an informal or preliminary conference
[literally: for speaking]
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n. pl. -lers (-ˈleɪz, -ˈleɪ)
an informal preliminary conference.
[1790–1800; < French: literally, for talking]
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A French term meaning for speaking, used to mean a preliminary discussion before a main one.
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