A dispute ensued the following morning when one of the agents tried to pay off an escort with just $30.
Whether or not Zimmerman was an official neighborhood watchman or was self-appointed is now a matter of dispute.
The dispute between the collaborators is also an argument about who receives recognition for the scandal that rocked NPR.
c.1300, from Old French desputer (12c.) "dispute, fight over, contend for, discuss," from Latin disputare "weigh, examine, discuss, argue, explain," from dis- "separately" (see dis-) + putare "to count, consider," originally "to prune" (see pave).
Used in Vulgate in sense of "to argue, contend with words." Related: Disputable; disputed; disputing. The noun is not certainly recorded before 1590s (disputacioun in that sense is from late 14c.).