Parley vs Negotiate - What's the difference?

parley | negotiate |

As verbs the difference between parley and negotiate

is that parley is to have a discussion, especially one between enemies while negotiate is to confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.

As a noun parley

is a conference, especially one between enemies.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A conference, especially one between enemies.
  • * (rfdate) (Dryden)
  • We yield on parley , but are stormed in vain.
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter IV
  • Without further parley Garland rode off up the hog's-back and the sheriff rode off down it …


    (en verb)
  • To have a discussion, especially one between enemies.
  • * 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique
  • day break we found the villaine, who, loath to parlee in fire and ?hot, fled amaine and left us...

    See also

    * parlay * parle


    * (EtymOnLine)







  • To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
  • * 1963 , , to the eight fellow clergymen who opposed the civil rights action, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait
  • "You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue."
  • To arrange or settle something by mutual agreement.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Timothy Garton Ash)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli , passage=Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe.
  • To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=June 29, author=Kevin Mitchell, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau , passage=Novak Djokovic earlier had negotiated his own tricky passage through the fifth day.}}
  • (obsolete) To transact business; to carry on trade.
  • (Hammond)
  • (obsolete) To intrigue; to scheme.
  • (Francis Bacon)

    Derived terms

    * negotiable * negotiation * negotiator * negotiatory