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Main Entry: 1is·sue
Pronunciation: 'i-(")shü, chiefly Southern 'i-sh&, chiefly British 'is-(")yü
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, exit, proceeds, from Anglo-French, from issir to come out, go out, from Latin exire to go out, from ex- + ire to go; akin to Gothic iddja he went, Greek ienai to go, Sanskrit eti he goes
Date: 14th century
1 plural : proceeds from a source of revenue (as an estate)
2 : the action of going, coming, or flowing out : EGRESS, EMERGENCE
3 : a means or place of going out : EXIT, OUTLET
4 : OFFSPRING, PROGENY <died without issue>
5 a : a final outcome that usually constitutes a solution (as of a problem) or resolution (as of a difficulty) b obsolete : a final conclusion or decision about something arrived at after consideration c archaic : TERMINATION, END <hope that his enterprise would have a prosperous issue -- T. B. Macaulay>
6 a : a matter that is in dispute between two or more parties b (1) : a vital or unsettled matter <economic issues> (2) : CONCERN, PROBLEM <I have issues with his behavior> c : the point at which an unsettled matter is ready for a decision <brought the matter to an issue>
7 : a discharge (as of blood) from the body
8 a : something coming forth from a specified source <issues of a disordered imagination> b obsolete : DEED
9 a : the act of publishing or officially giving out or making available <the next issue of commemorative stamps> <issue of supplies by the quartermaster> b : the thing or the whole quantity of things given out at one time <read the latest issue>
- is·sue·less /'i-shü-l&s/ adjective
- at issue
1 : in a state of controversy : in disagreement
2 also in issue : under discussion or in dispute