disquisition c.1600, "subject for investigation," also "systematic search," from L. disquisitionem (nom. disquisitio) "an inquiry, investigation," noun of action from pp. stem of disquirere "inquire," from dis- "apart" (see DIS- (Cf. dis-)) + quaerere "seek, ask" (see QUERY (Cf. query)). Sense of "long speech" first recorded 1640s.

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