disputation Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
    public debate; debate.
  2. 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


Dis`pu*ta"tion noun
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.

Webster 1913