• WordNet 3.6
    • n disputant a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a disputant Disputing; engaged in controversy.
    • n disputant One who disputes; one who argues in opposition to another; one appointed to dispute; a controvertist; a reasoner in opposition. "A singularly eager, acute, and pertinacious disputant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disputant Disputing; debating; engaged in controversy.
    • n disputant One who disputes or debates; one who argues in opposition to another; a debater.
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  • 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.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. disputants, p. pr. of disputare,: cf. F. disputant,. See Dispute (v. i.)


In literature:

The dispute waxed warm, and, while they stopped to argue it out at leisure, I went on.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
On the death of Lanfranc, however, the dispute broke out again.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
The woods are big enough without getting on this disputed land.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Winter Camp" by Laura Lee Hope
He heard Zwingli at Zuerich in 1527, and next year accompanied him to the disputation at Berne.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
There was also a disputed succession in Spain, where by the ancient law women might succeed to the throne.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
I had caught it by reading my father's books of dispute about religion.
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin
They never disputed, they never quarrelled.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
At this day it is impossible to determine the merits of this dispute.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Upon his return to Novgorod he had a dispute with the vetche, and he left the city.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
Out of 292 pages, at least 130 treat directly of that local dispute: others bear on it indirectly.
"The Clyde Mystery a Study in Forgeries and Folklore" by Andrew Lang

In poetry:

THE lady had at first some warm dispute
To many questions Jack was even mute;
But when he saw the golden charms unmasked,
Far more he promised than Catella asked.
"Richard Minutolo" by Jean de La Fontaine
O, may no Christian ever study then,
To imitate so vile a set of men!
But if he shou'd — without the least dispute,
I shall pronounce him worse than any brute.
"A Rebuke, For Neglecting To Beg A Blessing On, And To Return Thanks For, Our Food" by Rees Prichard
"My boy," said the sage, "I have answered you fair,
While you stuck to the point in dispute,
But this is a personal matter, and there
Is my answer--the toe of my boot."
"Father William" by James Whitcomb Riley
First Peace and Silence all disputes controll,
Then Order plaies the soul;
And giving all things their set forms and houres,
Makes of wilde woods sweet walks and bowres.
"The Familie" by George Herbert
And the guns rolled, and the tanks, but there was no sound,
Never the gasp or rustle of living men
Where the skeletons strung their wire on disputed ground ...
I knew them, then.
"1936" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Long lasted our dispute, intense to tears.
We were all gathered, and we were alone.
Distressing thoughts and anguish and dark doubts
For days had vexed and wrung us, sparing none.
"Reconciliation" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson

In news:

SHREVEPORT, LA — Shreveport authorities have taken a women into custody after she used a butcher knife during a dispute with a neighbor in the Caddo Heights neighborhood.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas, and Fort Worth's new Buffalo Gap Legendary Texas Cuisine are in a legal dispute over the latter's use of Buffalo Gap in its name.
The two tiny countries also share one of the world's worst ethnic disputes.
Construction of the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro has yet to start because of a legal dispute over the ownership of the land on the proposed site.
Charges dropped against banker in New York City cab fare dispute.
Grenada Cabinet minister resigns amid dispute.
Viacom Dispute Impacts DirecTV Q3.
Organization disputes alleged terrorist ties.
LINCOLN, Neb.—The owner of a property-listing website based in California is suing Nebraska to dispute a state requirement that she obtain a license to market homes in the Midwestern state.
Apple pays $60 million in iPad dispute.
You may need to give them advice, or they may need assistance in settling a big family dispute.
Classic car part of Rarity legal dispute.
A western New York woman has been convicted of punching a 70-year-old Walmart cashier during a dispute over a receipt on Christmas Eve.
No one would dispute that Sonoma is an epicurean center.
There's no disputing this: These sports photos from the last day will catch your eye.

In science:

INDEPENDENCE AND RELIABILITY For the sake of clarity, the disputed analyses are referred in this paper as grouped in rows A through M, by Amato et al.1 Some of these analyses were performed at different points of the same phengite lepidoblast (mica crystal in metamorphic rock).
Reply to "Comment on 'Compositional and Microchemical Evidence of Piezonuclear Fission Reactions in Rock Specimens Subjected to Compression Tests' [Strain 47 (Suppl. 2), 282 (2011)]" by G. Amato et al
Discussion about the Young equation including some recent disputes is also given in §2.4.4 of the monograph of Shikhmurzaev. 6 Material flux through the contact line is caused by the rolling motion of the fluid.
Slip or not slip? A methodical examination of the interface formation model using two-dimensional droplet spreading on a horizontal planar substrate as a prototype system
My analysis, by contrast, shows that the point on which he disputes with EPR is actually more subtle, which can be best appreciated as follows.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
Reference [ 246] discusses some difficulties of the measurement and closes a dispute caused by the troublesome comparison of rise time determinations obtained through different estimators.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
For a dispute about which of the above-mentioned two possibilities should be preferred, the fact that environmental decoherence readily describes precisely the apparently occurring “quantum jumps” or “collapse events” (as will be discussed in great detail throughout this book) appears most essential.
Decoherence: Basic Concepts and Their Interpretation