- the act of disputing or debating; verbal controversy; discussion or debate.
- an academic exercise consisting of the arguing of a thesis between its maintainer and its opponents.
- Obsolete. conversation.
- the act or an instance of arguing
- a formal academic debate on a thesis
- 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).