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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 disputes
  • In some cases, disputes developed only decades after the award was made-and only with the unfair advantage of hindsight.
  • disputes are common in the academic community, and global warming has been a hot topic.
  • In many parts of the world, water disputes have the potential to become deadly.
  • But observers say the move will likely spark bitter disputes between those losing and gaining access to a precious resource.
  • They have a variety of calls they use to communicate during courtship, hunting, and territorial disputes.
  • Nobody disputes the notion that fisheries are in trouble, particularly fishermen.
  • And if one group encroaches on the other, disputes can erupt.
  • Some are neighborhood meetings aimed at sorting out local disputes.
  • Most scientific disputes that concern the public are at the cutting edge-the place where things are not completely certain.
  • Thus many people who own pets are at a disadvantage in many parts of their lives such as finding housing and in court disputes.
British Dictionary definitions for disputes

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 disputes

dispute

v.

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.).

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Idioms and Phrases with disputes
see: in dispute
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