Definitions

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

  • n. The act of disputing; debate.
  • n. An academic exercise consisting of a formal debate or an oral defense of a thesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of disputing; a reasoning or argumentation in opposition to something, or on opposite sides; controversy in words; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, proposition, or argument.
  • n. A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of disputing; a reasoning or argumentation in opposition to something, or on opposite sides; controversy in words; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, proposition, or argument.
  • n. A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of disputing or debating; argumentation; controversy; verbal contest respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, or proposition.
  • n. An exercise in which parties debate and argue on some question proposed, as in a school or college.
  • n. Augustine disputation. See Augustine.

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

  • n. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
  • n. the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

Etymologies

From Latin disputatio (Wiktionary)

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