Benefit of discussion

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BENEFIT OF DISCUSSION, civil law. The right which a surety has to cause the property of the principal debtor to be applied in satisfaction of the obligation in the first instance. See Civil Code of Lo. art. 3014 to 3020, and Discussion.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"These votes were taken without the knowledge of the public and without the benefit of discussion by the board of trustees before the public," he said in the complaint.
This blended model provides the full benefit of discussion without sacrificing class time for those activities that necessitate a face-to-face element.
(62) Many believe this measure to be ineffective, because the surety may validly renounce the benefit of discussion in the suretyship agreement, which is nearly always done.
Another benefit of discussion in social studies courses is that it can improve students' abilities to dialogue across difference.
An important reason for publishing a large set of papers like this, especially papers that have had the benefit of discussion at a conference, is not simply to demonstrate how much is going on in a topic area.