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disquisition (plural disquisitions)

  1. A lengthy, formal discourse that analyses or explains some topic; a dissertation or treatise.
    • 1961: PHILIP, J. A. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 455.
      In this disquisition of the third book Plato is concerned with the moral effects of artistic representation on the youth of his state.
    • 1759, Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments, page 187:
      Upon this account political disquisitions, if just, and reasonable, and practicable, are of all the works of speculation the most useful.

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