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Etymology edit

English dispute +‎ -ation, from Old French disputation, from Latin disputatio.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˌpjuːˈteɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun edit

disputation (countable and uncountable, plural disputations)

  1. The act of disputing; a dispute or argument.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, page 13:
      And like the battles fought over baptism by sprinkling as opposed to total immersion, these modern-day disputations can be tedious.
  2. A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other over a belief or proposition.

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