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  • 1Debate or argument.

    ‘promoting consensus rather than disputation’
    • ‘a lengthy disputation about the rights and wrongs of a particular request’
    • ‘What they let slip, of course, is that theology, polemic, disputation, and argument were in fact a thriving industry in the early centuries of Islam.’
    • ‘Religion, by contrast, is a principal site of impassioned argument and disputation.’
    • ‘Now those who have attained even a little expertise in disputation and argument could reply to that on my behalf.’
    • ‘Let us, as Americans, examine Moore's arguments, weigh his disputations, and come to a fuller understanding of the issues he discusses.’
    • ‘They were born to debate and disputation, abashed by no authority established over them, brash and as spirited as cats.’
    • ‘And we encounter masses of arguments and counterarguments spread over incessant debates and disputations.’
    • ‘There does not seem to be any doubt, whatsoever, that the Northern Territory legislature is trying to reduce the degree of debate and disputation by drafting section 31 in the way it did and by defining those terms in the way it did.’
    • ‘Politics defines the world of means subordinate to ends, of instrumental complexes, of conflict, disputation and strife.’
    • ‘It is not disputation but dialogue with others that is in true spirit of Islam.’
    • ‘Their ill-tempered personalisation of the controversy through sourly self-justificatory sound-bites merely brought broadcasting disputation to an unseemly new low.’
    • ‘But it is the media moguls' political connections and electoral support which lead to the greatest public controversy, the greatest anxiety among politicians and the greatest disputation as to the relevant facts.’
    • ‘The take-over of church powers added greatly to the patronage of the monarch but also involved him more directly in religious disputation at a time when the waves of controversy were beginning to run high.’
    • ‘Cognitive therapy works with depression about 70% of the time. I think psychologists can do better than taking people who are already depressed and teaching them the tools of disputation.’
    • ‘The usual disputation has followed over which side's firing made it worse, but at one stage Johnston ordered his men - agitated, often inexperienced and probably terrified - to desist from a shooting spree.’
    • ‘What we keep saying is our guarantee is our record - 1.6 million extra jobs, 14 per cent increase in real wages, lowest levels of industrial disputation.’
    • ‘I mean the Prime Minister's own statement to the Parliament in late May conveyed that the number of days lost through industrial disputation is the lowest in 90 years.’
    • ‘In the absence of a company policy on this issue, a theft-of-employee-property policy should be developed to avoid possible future disputation with affected employees.’
    • ‘These results are not surprising given the low level of industrial disputation, and other survey evidence which suggests many employees are worried about their level of security at work.’
    • ‘Amid all this terminological disputation, it is important, though not always easy, to keep in mind the real-world consequences of these ideas.’
    • ‘We see the Family Relationship Centres as being the initial shock absorber, if I can put it that way, of the disputation and the disagreement following a separation.’
    debate, discussion, dispute, argument, arguing, argumentation, altercation, wrangling, sparring, dissension, disagreement, disharmony, conflict, contention, controversy
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    1. 1.1Formal academic debate.
      ‘the founding father of logical disputation’
      • ‘scholastic disputations’
      • ‘Those of you who might naively imagine that vitriolic historical disputation is a transient phenomenon of Australian academe should think again.’
      • ‘Even the content of this table talk is shared with the scholars' disputation.’
      • ‘Everyone will have scholarly and literary pretensions, scholars will become self-opinionated and fond of endless disputation.’
      • ‘Rather than avoid them, a responsible handbook should engage its readership in the scholarly disputations that pertain to the foundations of the area or field.’
      • ‘He achieved military and intellectual fame in Europe, challenged the continent's best brains to public disputation, gained high political office in Italy and was assassinated at the age of 25.’



/ˌdispyəˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌdɪspjəˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ /ˌdispyo͞oˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌdɪspjuˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English from Latin disputatio(n-), from the verb disputare (see dispute).