Definitions for: Disputation


[n] a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[n] the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis`pu*ta"tion, n. [OE. desputeson, disputacion,
OF. desputeison, F. disputation, fr. L. disputatio. See
Dispute, v. i.]
1. 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.

2. A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in
opposition to each other on some question proposed.

Synonyms: arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, debate, public debate, tilt

See Also: argle-bargle, argy-bargy, conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute, oral presentation, polemic, public speaking, sparring, speaking, speechmaking

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