• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disputative inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits "a style described as abrasive and contentious","a disputatious lawyer","a litigious and acrimonious spirit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Disputative Disposed to dispute; inclined to cavil or to reason in opposition; as, a disputative temper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disputative Given to or characterized by disputation; disputatious; argumentative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Disputative inclined to dispute, cavil, or controvert
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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.”
  • George Eliot
    “Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.”
  • George Macdonald
    “I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”
  • Martin Luther
    “I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “In private life I never knew anyone interfere with other people's disputes but he heartily repented of it.”
  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. disputativus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disputer—L. disputāredis, apart, and putāre, to think.


In literature:

They dispute only the extent of the subscription; they therefore tacitly admit the equity of the principle itself.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
At the close of the century, by the Peace of Vervins in 1598 and two subsequent treaties, Spain and France settled their long dispute.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Whosoever disputed his creed and his consecrated purpose must be in error.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
We have now arrived at the commencement of the long dispute about the "overlordship".
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait
Next year a truce was made, which left Llewelyn in possession of the disputed districts.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
It has been much disputed, and is still undetermined, to which sort the preference ought to be given.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
These decisions are meant to prevent disputes, but they produce ten, where they prevent one.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Their views on the disputed questions of the day very nearly coincided.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
More than is generally supposed depends on points of view, especially where first principles of a subject are in dispute.
"Thoughts on Religion" by George John Romanes
How was the Oregon boundary dispute finally settled?
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

In poetry:

Point for the great descants
Of starry disputants;
Of creation.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
We had another. Then we sat
Awhile, morose and mute;
Then drifted into friendly chat
About our late dispute.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
God of my life, look gently down,
Behold the pains I feel;
But I am dumb before thy throne,
Nor dare dispute thy will.
"Psalm 39 part 3" by Isaac Watts
That's 'ow it is when me an' parson roam
Down to the paradise wot Spadgers knows,
To find the 'ovel that she calls 'er 'ome,
An' 'ave a word with Rose.
Imgagin' 'igh-strung cliners in dispute
Ain't my long suit.
"Rose" by C J Dennis
With guidebook, camera, with rod and gun, to shoot,
To lure the deer, the hare, the bird, the speckled trout,
The pauper or the prince unbidden they salute,
And everywhere their royal right dare none dispute--
To roam about.
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard
If time improve our wit as well as wine,
Say at what age a poet grows divine?
Shall we, or shall we not, account him so,
Who died, perhaps, an hundred years ago?
End all dispute; and fix the year precise
When British bards begin t'immortalize?
"Imitations of Horace: The First Epistle of the Second Book" by Alexander Pope

In news:

David Albers/Staff Lee County Sheriff's Department officials are in an apparent standoff with a man living off of Pine Road in Bonita Springs, caused by a domestic dispute.
Barrie birthday dinner dispute leads to stabbing.
OKC police dispute an Amnesty International report that the department leads the nation in stun-gun deaths.
Hong Kong activists carry flags on one of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands on Aug 15.
Ice cream parlor to close in rent dispute.
Little Italy Bocce Dispute Rolls On.
A dispute between the US and international accounting standards boards could hold up a global agreement.
Domestic dispute ends with arrest and shards of wine bottle glass .
Domestic dispute ends with arrest and shards of wine bottle glass.
That, along with preliminary environmental approval, boosts chances of resolving a key dispute over the line's route through Springfield.
Dr Pepper Snapple Settles Trademark Dispute With Oldest Bottler .
Actor Corbin Bernsen and a Virginia Beach company have settled a breach-of-contract dispute.
A dispute revolving around John Terry is unsettling England's preparations for a major tournament, just as it did before the 2010 World Cup.
The move comes amid heightened tensions with Japan over the disputed Senkaku islands, which both countries claim.
Japan and China are at it again over disputed islands.

In science:

The role of electronic correlations in AFe2As2 and ReOFeAs compounds remains at the moment disputable.
Electronic Structure of Prototype AFe_2As_2 and ReOFeAs High-Temperature Superconductors: a Comparison
Both the ¯µ- and ¯µ(cid:48) -schemes have desirable merits and it is still disputable which one (or yet another possibility) is more faithful to implement the underlying physics of loop quantum geometry.
Phenomenological loop quantum geometry of the Schwarzschild black hole
The observations are still being disputed, as even Monckton admits by refering to the wind-based measurements of Allen et al.
Climate Sensitivity and the Response of Temperature to CO$_2$
In his second “reconsidered” section, Monckton’s errors of logic and interpretation are spread thickest, on a matter for which there is again no real dispute.
Climate Sensitivity and the Response of Temperature to CO$_2$
Since then until recently, the existence of the tricritical point has been never in doubt though its location was disputed in Ref.3 .
Comment on "Nature of the high-pressure tricritical point in MnSi"