Pronunciation: /dɪˈspjuːt , ˈdɪspjuːt /
- 1A disagreement or argument: a territorial dispute between the two countries [mass noun]: the Commission is in dispute with the governmentMore example sentences
debate, discussion, discourse, disputation, argument, controversy, contention, disagreement, altercation, falling-out, quarrelling, variance, dissension, conflict, friction, strife, discord, antagonismquarrel, argument, altercation, squabble, falling-out, shouting match, disagreement, difference of opinion, clash, wrangle, feud, fight, fracas, brawl; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrookBritish • informal , Football aftersScottish • informal rammyNorth American • informal rhubarb
- But consultants remain in dispute with the Government over a scheme aimed at streamlining public health compensation claims.
- As for her naïve belief that people would not fight to death over a parking space, Hilary Evans has clearly never seen my husband in dispute with another motorist.
- While she had been in dispute with the tax people about a year-and-a-half ago, she believed the matter had been settled and she was fully paid up.
- 1.1A disagreement between management and employees that leads to industrial action: an industrial disputeMore example sentences
- The Wagner Act of 1935 also created the National Labor Relations Board to help oversee employee disputes in private industry.
- The dispute is over management's failure to fully inform employees about adverse changes to their superannuation scheme.
- Please forgive me for perhaps dealing with it in this way: we have received a huge amount of evidence of what is wrong with management, and why disputes are not resolved, and why you get employment law cases.
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspjuːt /[with object] Back to top
- 1Argue about (something): the point has been much disputed [no object]: he taught and disputed with local poetsMore example sentences
- Not a weekend has gone by where some, or all, of the teams are not discussing or disputing these regulations.
- Officers also impounded the motorcycle as disputed property and all three were charged with possession of a class 5 illegal drug.
- Not knowing how to argue in Mandarin, it is very difficult to dispute any bill or when you think you have been overcharged.
- 1.1Question whether (a statement or alleged fact) is true or valid: the accusations are not disputed [with clause]: the estate disputes that it is responsible for the embankmentMore example sentences
- In effect the accuracy of the vast majority of the series' facts could not be disputed or questioned in any way.
- When a member asks a question with an assertion contained within it, it is perfectly open to the Minister to answer the question by disputing the assertion.
- Darling disputed these assertions of fact, but there were no proceedings in which he could be given a hearing or the matters resolved after full consideration.
- 2Compete for; strive to win: the two drivers crashed while disputing the leadMore example sentences
- Macclesfield took an early and disputed lead through a Lee Glover penalty and veteran Tony Ford equalised for the home side on 25 minutes.
- Scottish International fell runner Neil Wilkinson gave them the lead after Holmfirth, Morpeth and Derby all disputed top spot following the first three legs.
- Similar struggles exist in east Malaysia, where the land rights of indigenous groups are bitterly disputed with loggers eager to harvest the timber for export.
- 2.1 • archaic Resist (a landing or advance): I formed my line and prepared to dispute the advance of the foeMore example sentences
- He has disposed of his surplus baggage and commissary stores, placing them out of reach of any descent of a force in this direction, and leaving him free to dispute the advance of the rebel army.
- At 1:30 p. m. the column is again in motion; no enemy has appeared to dispute the advance.
beyond (or without) dispute
- Certain or certainly: the main part of his argument was beyond disputeMore example sentences
- What is definitely beyond dispute is that the captured forces certainly did not enter any US territory.
- You will have to be the judge… however, it is without dispute that Herring certainly had a big impact on the direction of aviation.
- All of that is almost certainly beyond dispute.
open to dispute
- Not definitely decided: such estimates are always open to disputeMore example sentences
- How much dislocation they create is always open to dispute.
- While there is merit to his remarks, Legros bases them on quantitative estimates that are open to dispute.
- Beyond that, the conclusions are open to dispute.
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- The disputants in this case clearly suspect each other of dishonesty and so do not think this distinction is relevant.
- These various segments were wooed by both contestants, with the campaign manifesting an intensity commensurate with the stature of the disputants, and the importance of their dispute.
- All four have cropped up among the disputants, in many cases without any awareness that other people were using the word in a sense different to the one they themselves were assuming.
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- The two were known throughout their school as ‘the eternal disputers’ or ‘the foes’ or just ‘the ones who never shut up,’ though a few of the wiser students believed they were secretly lusting after one another.
- Do not confuse one who is contending earnestly for the faith with the disputer of this age.
- So, you see the difference between a disputer and dialectician.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin disputare 'to estimate' (in late Latin 'to dispute'), from dis- 'apart' + putare 'reckon'.