1. the act of disputing or debating; verbal controversy; discussion or debate.
  2. an academic exercise consisting of the arguing of a thesis between its maintainer and its opponents.
  3. Obsolete. conversation.


  1. the act or an instance of arguing
  2. a formal academic debate on a thesis
  3. an obsolete word for conversation

late 14c., from Old French desputasion and directly from Latin disputationem (nominative disputatio), noun of action from past participle stem of disputare (see dispute).

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