Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Engaged in dispute or argument.
  • n. One engaged in a dispute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A participant in a dispute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disputing; engaged in controversy.
  • n. One who disputes; one who argues in opposition to another; one appointed to dispute; a controvertist; a reasoner in opposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disputing; debating; engaged in controversy.
  • n. One who disputes or debates; one who argues in opposition to another; a debater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy

Etymologies

dispute +‎ -ant (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The effect of the arrangement was that the "disputant" developer had virtually no income, but a "lavish lifestyle" the decision said.

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  • Agile disputant though he is, Michael Medved does not convince.

    Criticize President Obama's Policy, but Not His Motives

  • But I will say, as you shall see, that he matched their subtlety with equal subtlety; and from what I saw of him I have little doubt but what he would have confounded many a disputant in the synagogues.

    Chapter 17

  • We will explore eight real, concrete cases in which a disputant had to decide whether to negotiate or resist.

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • A disputant must decide: Should I bargain with the Devil, or resist?

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • I am a passive-aggressive disputant, happy to avoid the direct confrontation and tenderly nurse its grudge instead.

    The Dirty Life

  • And as reasoning is not the source, whence either disputant derives his tenets; it is in vain to expect, that any logic, which speaks not to the affections, will ever engage him to embrace sounder principles.

    Is McCain About to ‘Refine’ His Withdrawal Plan, Too? « Antiwar.com Blog

  • You have however managed to "poison the wells", which has ever been the gambit of the disputant who has neither reason nor decency on his side.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • And if it were possible for the disputant to disclose what is in his soul through some other device, then he would dispense entirely with its expression.

    Arabic and Islamic Philosophy of Language and Logic

  • Let me explain his method of reply where the disputant had no clear statement to make, but without attempt at proof chose to contend that such or such a person named by himself was wiser, or more of a statesman, or more courageous, and so forth, than some other person. 629 Socrates had a way of bringing the whole discussion back to the underlying proposition,630 as thus:

    Memorabilia

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