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
b : quarrel

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 Authorities said a disagreement took place outside the residence there and then turned into a physical fight, which spilled over into the street. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 14 Jan. 2022 The debate on testing reflects broader disagreement over how best to cope with a virus that seems here to stay, with only about 63% of the U.S. population fully vaccinated. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 Jan. 2022 The way to get out of a frustrating disagreement might be found by defining each person's turf more clearly. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 9 Jan. 2022 Simply, disagreement on the meaning of local control hampers effectiveness. Michael R. Ford, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2022 Still, democracy presupposes political disagreement. Robert B. Talisse, The Conversation, 3 Jan. 2022 There was, for example, the early assertion that the general population would not need to wear masks and, later, a months-long disagreement among federal officials about the importance of booster shots, Winsten recalled. Frances Stead Sellers, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 This past week, my husband and I were having a disagreement. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2021 Learn to co-exist with disagreement and realize not every situation requires a winner and a loser. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022

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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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“Disagreement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disagreement. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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

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