noun the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
public debate; debate.
noun a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
contestation; contention; arguing; tilt; argument; controversy; disceptation.
- they were involved in a violent argument
, OF. desputeison
, F. disputation
, fr. L. disputatio
. See Dispute
, v. i.
- 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.
- A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed.
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