[syn: controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Disputation \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the
opposition to it (usually followed by a vote) [syn:
debate, disputation, public debate]
2: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[syn: controversy, contention, contestation,
disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing]