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NOUN (2)

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;
- Example: "they were involved in a violent argument"
[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. [1913 Webster] 2. A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

disputation 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]