• WordNet 3.6
    • n disputation a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement "they were involved in a violent argument"
    • n disputation the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disputation A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed.
    • Disputation The act of disputing; a reasoning or argumentation in opposition to something, or on opposite sides; controversy in words; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, proposition, or argument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disputation The act of disputing or debating; argumentation; controversy; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, or proposition.
    • n disputation An exercise in which parties debate and argue on some question proposed, as in a school or college. The medieval logics, under the head of obligations, give minute rules for these exercises. The first party, the respondent, undertakes to defend a given thesis. The second party, the opponent, begins by giving a number of arguments against the thesis. If there are several opponents, they all offer arguments. The respondent then gives positive reasons in syllogistic form, after which he responds briefly to all the arguments of the opponents in order. The latter may or may not be allowed to reply. Finally, the moderator sums up and renders his decision. Doctrinal disputation concerns a matter of certain knowledge, dialectical disputation a matter of opinion. Tentative disputation is intended to try the knowledge of the parties, or of one of them. Sophistical disputation is intended to deceive.
    • n disputation Augustine disputation. See Augustine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Disputation a contest in argument: an exercise in debate
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  • Thomas L. Masson
    Thomas L. Masson
    “Prohibition may be a disputed theory, but none can say that it doesn't hold water.”
  • William Shenstone
    William Shenstone
    “Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “True disputants are like true sportsman: their whole delight is in the pursuit.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same as last.”
  • Voltaire
    “A long dispute means that both parties are wrong”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. desputeson, disputacion, OF. desputeison, F. disputation, fr. L. disputatio,. See Dispute (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disputer—L. disputāredis, apart, and putāre, to think.


In literature:

His departure was beyond dispute.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
If you should claim to descend in a direct line from King Midas I would not dispute it.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
Many a dispute arose between the mill managers and the Colonel as to quality, price, and so forth.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
The king used every means in his power to delay them, for each minute gained gave them a fresh hope of safety, and disputed them one by one.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
As they could not dispute the first, they attempted to refuse obedience to the second.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
Justice is subject to dispute; might is easily recognised and is not disputed.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Had the dispute been really trifling, such a letter might have had a chance of quieting it.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin
Examine, in contrast with that of the Education Bill, their treatment of the Trades Disputes Bill.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
It is to this that the whole dispute is reduced.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Dispute between Roman Church and Samaritans 220 46.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

In poetry:

Then, lifting his lid in a delicate way,
And opening his mouth with a smile quite engaging.
The Box in reply was heard plainly to say,
"What a silly dispute is this we are Waging!
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton, Rector Of St. Mary Woolnoth" by William Cowper
Give to thy wife her thirds of thy estate,
Nor is it right that thou shou'dst give her less;
To give her more, wou'd but disputes create,
And bring perhaps thy offspring to distress.
"An Admonition To A Sick Person, To Make His Will In Time, And To Dispose Of His Effects In The Fear " by Rees Prichard
I'll rest awhile,
For yonder height will tax my waning strength,
And many a brier all beautiful with bloom
Hides many a thorn that will dispute my path
Beneath those ancient beeches.
"Laura Secord: The Heroine of The War Of 1812 - Act II" by Sarah Anne Curzon
He read in the Testament a' by himsel',
An O what a treat when he started to spell;
For he whurr'd, an' the "r's" in his throat wad dispute,
As if fechtin' for wha wad be first to get oot.
"Jock Buchan" by Alexander Anderson
Youth ended, I shall try
My gain or loss thereby;
Leave the fire ashes, what survives is gold:
And I shall weigh the same,
Give life its praise or blame:
Young, all lay in dispute; I shall know, being old.
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
If you should chance to have dispute
The next thing is, commence a suit.
You'll be delighted to begin;
For, being right, are sure to win.
And who can tell the joys which rest,
Except the winner, in his breast?
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton

In news:

As the NFL Network-Cable dispute goes forward (or backward), there is only one real loser the fans.
The history of the British Virgin Islands is one rich in piracy, privateering, and territorial disputes.
The ruling ends a long dispute between two sisters who inherited the papers and the library, which argued that the rare documents be made public.
East Asia's top 5 island disputes.
East Asia is home to several territorial disputes, which occasionally escalate into regional violence.
Disputes Over Online Animals End Up in Real-World Court.
'12:08' gives comic tone to Ceausescu's quiet fall as villagers dispute whether anyone showed at a rally before he left.
Morristown, Amish settle building code dispute.
LAKE HOPATCONG — It all started with a dispute over some battered archery targets.
Disputed infield fly call grabs spotlight in Cardinals' 6-3 wild-card win over bumbling Braves.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands—African neighbors Burkina Faso and Niger are asking the United Nations' highest court to settle a long-simmering border dispute between the former French colonies.
Our advice team weighs in on how to resolve a family dispute during the holidays.
The contract dispute almost left students without a way home Thursday afternoon.
Umpire dispute, ejection lead to playoff dispute.
Deadly shooting in Goshen is eerily similar to dispute that killed Oldham bus driver.

In science:

Regardless of the disputed role that the Galactic hot halo may have played in the formation of the MS and LA, it is widely accepted that the hot halo has influenced the gas subsequent to its removal from the L/SMC disk.
The Effect of Drag from the Galactic Hot Halo on the Magellanic Stream and Leading Arm
Moreover, simulation results often suffer from the same weaknesses as experimental ones, including small number of data points (9, 21) or short anomalous regimes with disputable evidence of a power law (28, 29).
Anomalous subdiffusion due to obstacles : A critical survey
Before we discuss in detail how blazar heating impacts on dwarf galaxies in voids, we review the latest discussion on the status of the problem itself which has recently been disputed to even exist.
The Cosmological Impact of Luminous TeV Blazars III: Implications for Galaxy Clusters and the Formation of Dwarf Galaxies
Introduction The starburst-AGN connection has been a long disputed topic. A large part of the reason is that any conclusion will depend on the spatial and temporal scales being considered, as well as the luminosities of the AGN and the properties of their host galaxies.
Do stellar winds play a decisive role in feeding AGN?
Interest rates were transformed to first differences. • Finally, some of the series contained a few large outliers associated with events like labor disputes, other extreme events, or with data problems of various sorts.
A Random Matrix Approach to Dynamic Factors in macroeconomic data