Definition of disputation in English:

disputation

noun

mass noun
  • 1Debate or argument.

    ‘promoting consensus rather than disputation’
    count noun ‘a lengthy disputation about the rights and wrongs of a particular request’
    • ‘It is not disputation but dialogue with others that is in true spirit of Islam.’
    • ‘Politics defines the world of means subordinate to ends, of instrumental complexes, of conflict, disputation and strife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now those who have attained even a little expertise in disputation and argument could reply to that on my behalf.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amid all this terminological disputation, it is important, though not always easy, to keep in mind the real-world consequences of these ideas.’
    • ‘And we encounter masses of arguments and counterarguments spread over incessant debates and disputations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Let us, as Americans, examine Moore's arguments, weigh his disputations, and come to a fuller understanding of the issues he discusses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were born to debate and disputation, abashed by no authority established over them, brash and as spirited as cats.’
    • ‘Their ill-tempered personalisation of the controversy through sourly self-justificatory sound-bites merely brought broadcasting disputation to an unseemly new low.’
    • ‘Religion, by contrast, is a principal site of impassioned argument and disputation.’
    debate, discussion, dispute, argument, arguing, argumentation, altercation, wrangling, sparring, dissension, disagreement, disharmony, conflict, contention, controversy
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    1. 1.1 Formal academic debate.
      ‘the founding father of logical disputation’
      count noun ‘scholastic disputations’
      • ‘Those of you who might naively imagine that vitriolic historical disputation is a transient phenomenon of Australian academe should think again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

disputation

/dɪspjuːˈteɪʃ(ə)n//dɪspjʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n/