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[dis-pyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌdɪs pyʊˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of disputing or debating; verbal controversy; discussion or debate.
an academic exercise consisting of the arguing of a thesis between its maintainer and its opponents.
Obsolete, conversation.
Origin of disputation
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
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predisputation, noun Unabridged
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  • The dominant activity is free-wheeling, disrespectful, antiauthority disputation.
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  • Each of these patents is a tiny masterpiece of logic and disputation.
  • For thirteen days the disputation raged without ceasing.
  • The term polemic denotes disputation for its own sake.
  • Their reluctance to embrace the spirit of the revolution has perpetuated a mood of angry disputation.
  • Unable to read, perhaps because of dyslexia, he loved learning and disputation.
  • The test of disputation, however, must be applied to the parties at the time they entered into the alleged settlement.
  • It is difficult for me to think at this stage that the effect of trade could be all that much in disputation.
British Dictionary definitions for disputation


the act or an instance of arguing
a formal academic debate on a thesis
an obsolete word for conversation
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Word Origin and History for disputation

late 14c., from Old French desputasion and directly from Latin disputationem (nominative disputatio), noun of action from past participle stem of disputare (see dispute).

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