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disputation

[dis-pyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌdɪs pyʊˈteɪ ʃən/
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
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
Related forms
predisputation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for predisputation

disputation

/ˌdɪspjʊˈteɪʃən/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for predisputation

disputation

n.

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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