issue

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun an act of offering new shares for sale

Banking

  • verb to put out or to give out

Commerce

  • noun the number of a newspaper or magazine

Law

  • noun a legal matter in a dispute between two parties
  • noun a child or children of a parent
  • noun the act of giving something to someone or making something available
  • noun the act of filing a claim Form at court, in order to begin court proceedings against a defendant

Media Studies

  • noun a copy of a regularly published magazine or newspaper that was put out on a particular date
  • verb to produce and distribute a product such as a book, magazine or newspaper

Military

  • noun an act of supplying equipment, supplies, etc.

Politics

  • noun an occasion of making new shares available

Origin & History of “issue”

The words issue and exit are closely related etymologically. both go back ultimately to the Latin verb exīre ‘go out’. Its past participle exitus became in vulgar Latin exūtus, whose feminine form exūta was used as a noun meaning ‘going out, exit’. this passed into Old French as eissue, later issue, and thence into English. The original literal sense of the word still survives in English, particularly in relation to the outflow of liquid, but has been overtaken in frequency by various metaphorical extensions denoting a ‘giving out’ – such as the ‘issue’ of a book or magazine. The sense ‘point of discussion or consideration’ probably comes from a medieval legal expression join issue, which originally meant ‘jointly submit a disputed matter to the decision of the court’, and hence ‘argue about something’.
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