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Negotiated Stopping – What is it?

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By Helen Jones |  February 27, 2012 |

Remember that irritating advert that claimed the product would “do what it says on the tin”?

The Oxford dictionary says that negotiate means “to try to reach an agreement or compromise by discussion”. So a thing that has been ‘negotiated’ is surely ‘an agreement or compromised reached by discussion’.

The word stopping might be a little trickier to pin down. My first search on the Oxford Dictionary told me that stopping is “a filling for a tooth”. Hmm, who knew that? I refined my search (just looked for ‘stop’) and that led me to a noun ‘stopping’, which means “cessation of movement”, that’s more like it. A ’cessation of movement’. Not necessarily a permanent cessation, but a cessation.

Negotiated Stopping = Agreement or compromise, leading to a permanent of temporary cessation of movement, reached by discussion.

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