disputation

[dis-pyoo-tey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of disputing or debating; verbal controversy; discussion or debate.
2.
an academic exercise consisting of the arguing of a thesis between its maintainer and its opponents.
3.
Obsolete, conversation.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English disputacioun < Latin disputātiōn- (stem of disputātiō), equivalent to disputāt(us) (past participle of disputāre; disput- (see dispute) + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion; replacing desputisoun < Old French

predisputation, noun
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disputation (ˌdɪspjʊˈteɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of arguing
2.  a formal academic debate on a thesis
3.  an obsolete word for conversation

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Example sentences
The dominant activity is free-wheeling, disrespectful, antiauthority
  disputation.
Warning: more disputation and discourse that are highly subjective in tone and
  content follow.
Each of these patents is a tiny masterpiece of logic and disputation.
For thirteen days the disputation raged without ceasing.
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