• WordNet 3.6
    • v dispute have a disagreement over something "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America","These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
    • v dispute take exception to "She challenged his claims"
    • n dispute coming into conflict with
    • n dispute a disagreement or argument about something important "he had a dispute with his wife","there were irreconcilable differences","the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dispute Contest; struggle; quarrel.
    • v. i Dispute To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle. "Therefore disputed reasoned, Rev. Ver.] he in synagogue with the Jews."
    • Dispute To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss. "The rest I reserve it be disputed how the magistrate is to do herein."
    • Dispute To oppose by argument or assertion; to attempt to overthrow; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of; as, to dispute assertions or arguments. "To seize goods under the disputed authority of writs of assistance."
    • Dispute To strive or contend about; to contest. "To dispute the possession of the ground with the Spaniards."
    • Dispute To struggle against; to resist. "Dispute it [grief] like a man."
    • Dispute Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate. "Addicted more
      To contemplation and profound dispute ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispute To engage in argument or discussion; argue in opposition; oppose another in argument: absolutely or with with or against.
    • dispute Hence To engage in altercation; wrangle; quarrel.
    • dispute To strive or contend in opposition to a competitor; compete: as, to dispute for the prize.
    • dispute To argue about; discuss.
    • dispute To argue against; attempt to disprove or overthrow by reasoning; controvert; deny: as, to dispute an assertion, opinion, claim, or the like.
    • dispute To call in question; express doubt of or opposition to; object to.
    • dispute To strive to gain or to maintain; contest: as, to dispute a prize.
    • dispute To encounter; strive against.
    • dispute Synonyms Debate, Discuss, etc. See argue.
    • n dispute Argumentative contention: earnest discussion of opposing views or opinions; controversial strife.
    • n dispute Wrangling; contention; strife; quarrel.
    • n dispute A contest of any kind.
    • n dispute Synonyms Controversy, Dispute (see controversy), debate, discussion, altercation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dispute dis-pūt′ to make a subject of argument: to contend for: to oppose by argument: to call in question
    • v.i Dispute to argue: to debate
    • n Dispute a contest with words: an argument: a debate: a quarrel
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  • 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.”
  • Alan Seeger
    Alan Seeger
    “I have a rendezvous with Death at some disputed barricade.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. desputen, disputen, OF. desputer, disputer, F. disputer, from L. disputare, disputatum,; dis-, + putare, to clean; hence, fig., to clear up, set in order, reckon, think. See Putative Pure


In literature:

The Advocate was no theologian, and on the doctrinal points in dispute he probably held no very clear views.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
It seems to be an odd subject of dispute with any man, whether he has ideas in his mind or not.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
No one can be found to dispute it nowadays.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
It is the substitution of interest in things for interest in words, of positive knowledge for verbal disputation.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Of course disputes, often, too, very bitter disputes, and much ill blood, will arise.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
As no one dared to dispute his authority, the ill-fated kingdom passed a few years in tranquillity.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Happily the practice of settling disputes between nations by war, is becoming less popular in civilized and Christian communities.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
And, O king, thereupon, between them, Devayani and Sarmishtha, then ensued a dispute.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
He was there and he did not dispute that he saw all he saw.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
There's some stupid dispute about a lease, and I am to be had up in evidence.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

Mortals, be dumb; what creature dares
Dispute his aweful will?
Ask no account of his affairs,
But tremble and be still.
"Hymn 31 part 1" by Isaac Watts
But when I thus dispute and grieve,
I do resume my sight;
And pilfring what I once did give,
Disseize thee of thy right.
"Submission" by George Herbert
But for his horrid murder vile
None did him prosecute;
His old friend help'd him o'er the stile;
With Satan who dispute?
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Austerely she her heart kept down,
Her woman's tongue was mute
When voice of People, voice of Crown,
In cannon held dispute.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
My terminus near,
The clouds already closing in upon me,
The voyage balk'd—the course disputed, lost,
I yield my ships to Thee.
"Prayer Of Columbus" by Walt Whitman
Disputing not of chance or fate,
Nor questioning of cause or creed:
For anything but duty's deed
Too simply wise, too humbly grave.
"The Death Of Grant" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

Why China, Japan, and S. Korea aren't backing down on island disputes (+video).
Dispute over a bird feeder reveals bad blood between neighbors.
BlueCross, Memorial dispute could raise costs for some patients (with video).
Bondsmen say attorneys can wiggle out of paying forfeitures, but the lawyers say the dispute is about competition.
Consumer disputes involve people, and so they often defy rational explanation, like the situation about which my good friend, Elayne Phillips, telephoned me last week.
Apple, Samsung finished presenting their cases in their patent dispute trial San Jose federal court today.
To some degree, the dispute reflects an apparent difference in vision between the secretariat and the more hard-core pro-life members.
The guessing here is that if the National Hockey League owners and players don't resolve their hideous labor dispute by Thanksgiving the entire season will get tanked.
Cash-strapped New York has tentatively chosen the highest bidder to produce driver's licenses under a disputed contract that would provide only black-and-white photos.
Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4 translated from the Latin and with commentary by Margaret Graver University of Chicago Press, 254 pp.
A system said to block bit torrent downloads is backed by a Microsoft fund, but experts dispute its long-term effectiveness.
A streamlined dispute resolution process for resolving trademark disputes involving Internet domain name s has been around for four years and has been used in more than 8,000 proceedings.
We are in the midst of a major dispute in Moore County regarding the Board of Commissioners' approval by a 3-2 vote of a $50 million bond for a new jail center and some utility improvements.
A Genesee County-based gas driller has turned up the heat on the state Department of Environmental Conservation, calling on the agency to get involved in a local dispute over a drilling ban or risk facing a lawsuit.
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from an upscale Dallas shopping mall after a dispute over the sagging pants worn by him and some companions.

In science:

Ewert (1930) and Munn (1955/1965) have disputed the finding that visual experience becomes upright after experience with rotated incoming light.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
And he assumed, as did all the disputants, that the predictions of quantum theory were correct.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Namely, based on an incomplete theory and using erroneous arguments, he not only disputes the original results , but also claims them wrong. A more complete theory and much more detailed studies were published in , from which we concluded that such results support the mechanism of segregation introduced in ref. .
Hong et al. reply to Walliser
Without exploring all the thermodynamic aspects of the segregation, we are not prepared to dispute his argument.
Hong et al. reply to Walliser
Additional arguments that disfavor secondary models have been put forth by Brunetti (2002) although these have been recently disputed by Pfrommer & Enßlin (2004).
Non-thermal particles in the intergalactic and intracluster medium