Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Engaged in dispute or argument.
  • noun One engaged in a dispute.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A participant in a dispute.

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

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

Etymologies

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dispute +‎ -ant

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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  • 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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  • 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

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

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • 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

  • 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

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