dis·​agree·​ment | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈgrē-mənt How to pronounce disagreement (audio) \

Definition of disagreement

1 : the act of disagreeing
2a : the state of being at variance : disparity

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Examples of disagreement in a Sentence

There's been a lot of disagreement about how best to spend the money. Several disagreements have yet to be resolved.
Recent Examples on the Web The price of Brent crude, the global benchmark, dropped 1.4% on Monday as traders reacted to the disagreement. Charles Riley And Chris Liakos, CNN, "OPEC and Russia divided over how much oil the world needs right now," 5 Jan. 2021 The disagreement arises in how to tell them where the food is. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Signaling ‘you’ve got something on your face’," 24 Dec. 2020 The disagreement between Democrats and Republicans centered on a bit of central banking arcana known as Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act. Christopher Condon, Bloomberg.com, "Republicans Will Keep Trying to Limit Fed’s Emergency Loan Power," 24 Dec. 2020 The Fed also made this disagreement public via leaks to the press in a way that gave the heavily pro-Fed press a chance to beat up Mr. Mnuchin. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Fed’s Stimulus Paradox," 16 Dec. 2020 Put simply, the main disagreement between neoclassical and left-wing economists centers on employment. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Has Wall Street Veered Left?," 11 Dec. 2020 Before the disagreement with these lawmakers, the Independent Voter Project was already criticized for not cancelling the meeting due to the pandemic. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "As COVID spiked in Texas, lawmakers escaped to Maui for corporate-backed confab on economy," 4 Dec. 2020 The disagreement surfaced Thursday night when Cooper called it fiscally irresponsible for the council to move $8 million into the capital budget. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, council clash over 2021 budget," 4 Dec. 2020 The disagreement has led to the loss of 164 local television stations owned by Nexstar. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "AT&T U-verse, DirecTV customers lose WTHR amid contract dispute," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of disagreement

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of disagreement was in 1501

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18 Jan 2021

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“Disagreement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disagreement. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disagreement

: failure to agree
: a difference of opinion : an argument caused by people having different opinions about something
: the state of being different or unalike


dis·​agree·​ment | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈgrē-mənt How to pronounce disagreement (audio) \

Kids Definition of disagreement

1 : failure to agree There was disagreement over what actually happened.

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