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dispute

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verb dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt\

Simple Definition of dispute

  • : to say or show that (something) may not be true, correct, or legal

  • : to argue about (something)

  • : to fight in order to take control of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dispute

disputed

disputing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in argument :  debate; especially :  to argue irritably or with irritating persistence

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 a :  to make the subject of disputation <legislators hotly disputed the bill> b :  to call into question <her honesty was never disputed>

  5. 2 a :  to struggle against :  oppose <disputed the advance of the invaders> b :  to contend over <both sides disputed the bridgehead>

disputable

play \di-ˈspyü-tə-bəl, ˈdis-pyə-\ adjective

disputably

play \-blē\ adverb

disputer

noun

Examples of dispute in a sentence

  1. You can dispute your bill if you believe it is inaccurate.

  2. These estimates are hotly disputed by scientists.

  3. No one ever disputed that it was the right decision.

  4. The source of the text has been disputed for centuries.

  5. a part of the city where two drug gangs are disputing territory



Origin and Etymology of dispute

Middle English, from Anglo-French desputer, from Latin disputare to discuss, from dis- + putare to think


First Known Use: 13th century


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dispute

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noun dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt, ˈdis-ˌpyüt\

Simple Definition of dispute

  • : a disagreement or argument

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dispute

  1. 1 a :  verbal controversy :  debate b :  quarrel

  2. 2 obsolete :  physical combat

Examples of dispute in a sentence

  1. They could not settle their dispute.

  2. There is a labor dispute between workers and management.

  3. The two farmers are involved in a land dispute.



1555

First Known Use of dispute

1555



DISPUTE Defined for Kids

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dispute

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verb dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt\

Definition of dispute for Students

disputed

disputing

  1. 1 :  to question or deny the truth or rightness of <No one ever disputed the story.>

  2. 2 :  argue 1 <The boys disputed over who won the race.>

  3. 3 :  to fight over <The two nations disputed the territory.>



Word Root of dispute

The Latin word putāre, meaning “to think,” gives us the root put. Words from the Latin putāre have something to do with thinking. A reputation is what other people think about something or someone. To compute is to use math to think about a bunch of numbers together in order to answer a problem. To dispute is to argue because two or more people think different things.


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dispute

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noun dis·pute

Definition of dispute for Students

  1. 1 :  1debate 3 <It is a fact beyond dispute.>

  2. 2 :  1quarrel 1




Law Dictionary

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dispute

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verb dis·pute \di-ˈspyüt\

Legal Definition of dispute

disputed

disputing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in a dispute <disputing with management over contract terms>
  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to engage in a dispute over <disputing the correct application of the contract provision>; especially :  to oppose by argument or assertion <disputed changes to the grievance procedure>

disputable

\di-ˈspyü-tə-bəl, ˈdis-pyə-tə-bəl\ play adjective



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dispute

noun dis·pute

Legal Definition of dispute

  1. :  an assertion of opposing views or claims :  a disagreement as to rights; especially :  one that is the subject of proceedings for resolution (as arbitration)





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