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bargaining

bar·gain·ing

/ˈbärgən iNG/

Verb

One of the five stages of death and dying created by medical ethicist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. This stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone or delay death. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made with a higher power in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. The patient thinks, "I understand I will die, but if I could just have more time..."