a. A point or matter of discussion, debate, or dispute: What legal and moral issues should we consider?
b. A matter of public concern: debated economic issues.
c. A misgiving, objection, or complaint: had issues with the plan to change the curriculum.
a. A problem or difficulty.
b. A personal problem: is convinced that her boss has issues.
a. The act of circulating, distributing, or publishing by a business, government, or organization: government issue of new bonds.
b. An item or set of items, as stamps or coins, made available at one time by a business, government, or organization.
c. A single copy of a periodical: the May issue of the magazine.
d. A distinct set of copies of an edition of a book distinguished from others of that edition by variations in the printed matter.
e. Proceeds from estates or fines.
f. Something proceeding from a specified source: suspicions that were the issue of a deranged mind.
g. A culminating point leading to a decision: bring a case to an issue.
h. A final result or conclusion, as a solution to a problem.
a. The act or an instance of flowing, passing, or giving out: where the lake gives issue to its waters.
b. A place of egress; an outlet: a lake with no issue to the sea.
a. A discharge, as of blood or pus.
b. A lesion, wound, or ulcer producing such a discharge.
- Offspring; progeny: died without issue.
verbis·sued, is·su·ing, is·sues
To flow, go, or come out: water issuing from a spring; voices issuing from a room.
See Synonyms at appear
To proceed from a source; emerge or come forth: ideas issuing from a discussion.
See Synonyms at stem1
c. To have as a consequence; result: discontent that issued in social unrest.
- To accrue as proceeds or profit: Little money issued from the stocks.
- To be born or be descended: generations issuing from an ancestor.
- To be circulated or published: books issuing from a publisher.
- To circulate or distribute in an official capacity: issued uniforms to the players.
- To publish: issued periodic statements.
- To pour forth or send out; emit: a chimney issuing smoke.
Origin of issue
Middle English from
Old French eissue, issue from
Vulgar Latin exūta alteration of
Latin exita feminine past participle of exīre to go out ex- ex- īre to go
; see ei-
in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: People often use issue to refer to a problem, difficulty, or condition, especially an embarrassing or discrediting one. The word is frequently used in the plural. Thus, a business executive who has been accused of fraud is said to have legal issues, a company facing bankruptcy has financial issues, and a person who picks fights may have anger management issues. Some people dislike this usage, claiming that it is imprecise or euphemistic. The majority of the Usage Panel frowned on it in 2002, but in just over ten years, opinion has shifted such that a majority now find it acceptable. In our 2013 survey, 78 percent of the Usage Panel accepted issue in these examples: That kid has issues and needs to see the guidance counselor. I don't want to hire someone who has issues with carrying out orders from an authority. Although the acceptance was lukewarm (about a third of the panelists found these sentences only “somewhat acceptable”), this is a substantial increase over the 39 percent who accepted similar sentences in 2002. A similar shift of opinion has occurred concerning the use of issue for a technical problem. In 2002, only 18 percent of Panelists approved of the sentence There were a number of issues installing the printer driver in the new release of the software. By 2013, approval had risen to 68 percent. Although issue is now widely acceptable, choosing another word, such as glitch, problem, or complication, can often lend precision to your writing.
- The act of passing or flowing out; a moving out from any enclosed place; egress; as, the issue of water from a pipe, of blood from a wound, of air from a bellows, of people from a house.
- The act of sending out, or causing to go forth; delivery; issuance; as, the issue of an order from a commanding officer; the issue of money from a treasury.
- That which passes, flows, or is sent out; the whole quantity sent forth or emitted at one time; as, an issue of bank notes; the daily issue of a newspaper.
- Progeny; a child or children; offspring. In law, sometimes, in a general sense, all persons descended from a common ancestor; all lineal descendants.
- Produce of the earth, or profits of land, tenements, or other property; as, A conveyed to B all his right for a term of years, with all the issues, rents, and profits.
- A discharge of flux, as of blood.
- An opening or outlet, providing for an exit or egress.
- (medicine) An artificial ulcer, usually made in the fleshy part of the arm or leg, to produce the secretion and discharge of pus for the relief of some affected part.
- The final outcome or result; upshot; conclusion; event; hence, contest; test; trial.
- A point in debate or controversy on which the parties take affirmative and negative positions; a presentation of alternatives between which to choose or decide.
- (law) In pleading, a single material point of law or fact depending in the suit, which, being affirmed on the one side and denied on the other, is presented for determination.
- (finance) A financial instrument in a company, such as a bond, stock or other security; the emission of such an instrument.
- (euphemistic) A problem or concern, usually of a mental nature.
- He has issues.
(third-person singular simple present issues, present participle issuing, simple past and past participle issued)
- To pass or flow out; to run out, as from any enclosed place.
- To go out; to rush out; to sally forth; as, troops issued from the town, and attacked the besiegers.
- To proceed, as from a source; as, water issues from springs; light issues from the sun.
- To proceed, as progeny; to be derived; to be descended; to spring.
- To extend; to pass or open; as, the path issues into the highway.
- To be produced as an effect or result; to grow or accrue; to arise; to proceed; as, rents and profits issuing from land, tenements, or a capital stock.
- To turn out (in a given way); to have a specified issue or result, to result (in).
- (law) In pleading, to come to a point in fact or law, on which the parties join issue.
- To send out; to put into circulation; as, to issue notes from a bank.
- To deliver for use; as, to issue provisions.
- To send out officially; to deliver by authority; as, to issue an order; to issue a writ.
From Old French issue, eissue (“a way out or exit”), feminine past participle of issir, itself from Latin exeō (“go out”), from prefix ex- (“out of”) + eō (“go”).
- A Monacan Indian; a member of a Mestee group originating in Amherst County, Virginia.