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 disagreement centers on a 2018 meeting between Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Sanders, Warren and Undecided Voters Try to Move On," 19 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, both geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and disagreements over trade continue to rattle the industry: global operations require safely and efficiently moving vast amounts of oil across borders. Justin Worland, Time, "The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning With Climate Change," 16 Jan. 2020 No matter a family’s income level, disagreements about money, independence and roles crop up. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "What Harry and Meghan can teach us about navigating family and money," 16 Jan. 2020 Then the camera settled on Warren, who deftly avoided a disagreement with Sanders while offering a counter-argument. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "A Democratic State of Stasis," 15 Jan. 2020 Linda and Louis Pelletier, Justina’s parents, were accused by Children’s providers of medical child abuse during heated disagreements about the teenager’s care. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Justina Pelletier trial set to begin Tuesday after Boston Children’s Hospital loses bid to delay," 13 Jan. 2020 In this worldview, Republican opposition to extreme leftist policies represents not normal good-faith political disagreement but partisan betrayal and obstruction of progress. Brian Riedl, National Review, "Senate Republicans Are Not ‘Obstructionist’," 9 Jan. 2020 Intel won’t find much disagreement from neutral parties about that, but AMD’s current Ryzen mobile chips aren’t really what anyone is thinking about right now. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel outs radical new Ghost Canyon NUC, teases 5GHz Comet Lake H processors," 9 Jan. 2020 There's a way to deal with disagreements and conflict without becoming abusive and cruel. Love Letters.com, "He said I didn’t deserve the engagement ring," 9 Jan. 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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22 Jan 2020

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“Disagreement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disagreement. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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