disputation disputation  /dɪs ˈpju ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
  2. (n) a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement


  1. Informality, disputation and disrespect for authority are core Danish traits.
  2. In one such disputation the King himself leaped to Luther's defense and was ignominiously worsted.
  3. If it be true that faith transcends reason, then no theosophical disputation conducted by a believer can be intellectually honest.


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  1. "I think the fact that they are apologising to passengers is a little bit of a joke," Mr Dixon told ABC Radio. "They're the ones putting on this industrial disputation, not us."
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Geoff Dixon Source: The Australian

  2. "In the six months or eight months since Work Choices came into operation, we've seen growing jobs in terms of numbers, record low unemployment, wages continuing to rise, record levels of low disputation in the work force," Andrews told Sky News.
    on Nov 29, 2006 By: Kevin Andrews Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We've produced on time, on budget and the industrial disputation has been almost zero on that side," Mr Bracks said. "You compare that, I guess, to the performance in other shipyards where we have had budget blowouts, we have had performance...
    on May 29, 2005 By: Steve Bracks Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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