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dispute

[dih-spyoot] /dɪˈspyut/
verb (used without object), disputed, disputing.
1.
to engage in argument or debate.
2.
to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.
verb (used with object), disputed, disputing.
3.
to argue or debate about; discuss.
4.
to argue against; call in question:
to dispute a proposal.
5.
to quarrel or fight about; contest.
6.
to strive against; oppose:
to dispute an advance of troops.
noun
7.
a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
8.
a wrangling argument; quarrel.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (< Anglo-French, Old French desputer) < Latin disputāre to argue a point, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + putāre to reckon, consider; see putative
Related forms
disputeless, adjective
disputer, noun
predispute, noun, verb, predisputed, predisputing.
redispute, verb, redisputed, redisputing.
undisputed, adjective
undisputedly, adverb
undisputing, adjective
well-disputed, adjective
Can be confused
dispute, refute.
Synonyms
2. bicker, squabble. 8. disputation, altercation, wrangle, bickering, squabble. See argument.
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Examples for disputed
  • Here, two females go nose-to-nose over a disputed bit of territory in a crowded rookery.
  • But scientists have disputed their role in binding trace minerals.
  • And such knowledge might help solve the long-disputed question of exactly why dogs were the first animal to be domesticated.
  • It's our awareness which makes this a necessary connection, even though it's disputed by many comments here.
  • It was an already known fact that has never been denied or disputed.
  • Some of their work has been controversial, and some of their conclusions have been disputed.
  • Yet some researchers disputed this conclusion, arguing that the data wasn't strong enough.
  • The effects on fans of viewing such violence are disputed.
  • On the contrary, it is founded upon a philosophical principle that cannot be successfully disputed.
  • The claims of morality here are recognized with difficulty in actual combat, and disputed when recognized.
British Dictionary definitions for disputed

dispute

verb (dɪˈspjuːt)
1.
to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
3.
(transitive) to seek to win; contest for
4.
(transitive) to struggle against; resist
noun (dɪˈspjuːt; ˈdɪspjuːt)
5.
an argument or quarrel
Derived Forms
disputer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin disputāre to contend verbally, from Latin: to discuss, from dis-1 + putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for disputed
dispute
early 13c., from O.Fr. desputer (12c.), from L. disputare "examine, discuss, argue," from dis- "separately" + putare "to count, consider," originally "to prune" (see pave). Used in Vulgate in sense of "to argue, contend with words." Related: Disputed; disputing.
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Idioms and Phrases with disputed
see: in dispute
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