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

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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.

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The drone was downed by an Iranian surface-to-air missile battery, prompting a sharp disagreement between the two countries over whether the U.S. aircraft was in international airspace, beyond the 12-nautical-mile zone comprising Iranian airspace. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Trump Says He’s ‘In No Hurry’ to Confront Iran," 21 June 2019 But there remains disagreement about the measure among Assembly Democrats. Washington Post, "The Latest: California vaccine bill moves ahead," 20 June 2019 For many historians, both sides of this week’s debate are familiar, mirroring disagreements that have raged for decades over whether Japanese American camps during World War II should be described as concentration camps. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "For Japanese Americans, debate over what counts as a ‘concentration camp’ is familiar," 20 June 2019 The progress is limited by the difficulty of the work, the cost, access to private property and disagreement about how it should be done. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t," 20 June 2019 Ginsburg read a summary of her dissent in court, a way of expressing deep disagreement. Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court allows World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland," 20 June 2019 Use disagreements There was also some uncertainty over what should happen there. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak property sat empty for decades. Here's why — and what's moving in.," 18 June 2019 His story is not one of luxurious travel, million pound transfers, or high profile disagreements with his players. SI.com, "Bill Nicholson: Mr Tottenham Hotspur, the First Double Winning Manager of the 20th Century," 13 June 2019 For much of the last few decades, such disagreements would have stalled the entire budget process deep into the summer, threatening the state’s ability to pay for services. John Myers, latimes.com, "California lawmakers approve a state budget blueprint, but negotiations continue," 13 June 2019

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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