Definition of disputation in English:


Line breaks: dis¦pu|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪspjuːˈteɪʃ(ə)n
, -pjʊˈt-/


[mass noun]
1Debate or argument: promoting consensus rather than disputation [count noun]: a lengthy disputation about the rights and wrongs of a particular request
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  • What they let slip, of course, is that theology, polemic, disputation, and argument were in fact a thriving industry in the early centuries of Islam.
  • Religion, by contrast, is a principal site of impassioned argument and disputation.
  • Now those who have attained even a little expertise in disputation and argument could reply to that on my behalf.
1.1Formal academic debate: the founding father of logical disputation [count noun]: scholastic disputations
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  • Those of you who might naively imagine that vitriolic historical disputation is a transient phenomenon of Australian academe should think again.
  • Even the content of this table talk is shared with the scholars' disputation.
  • Everyone will have scholarly and literary pretensions, scholars will become self-opinionated and fond of endless disputation.


late Middle English: from Latin disputatio(n-), from the verb disputare (see dispute).



Pronunciation: /dɪˈspjuːtətɪv/
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  • The relevant disputative discriminator here was Dr McBain.
  • At home, school and college, he acquired scholarly and disputative skills of a very high order.
  • In a complex society, no matter how much one may desire to avoid the disputative aspect of life, occasions do arise where legal services become indispensable for survival.

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