dis·​agree·​ment | \ˌdis-ə-ˈgrē-mənt \

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 purpose of a democratic political system is to bridge that gap: to create a system for resolving these disagreements that everyone thinks is fair. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018 The lack of specifics in the agreement has given diplomats room to negotiate, but also failed to bridge fundamental disagreements between the sides. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea Expands Long-Range Missile Base, Analysts Say," 6 Dec. 2018 Republicans pushed on through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition to the measures designed to weaken both incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin Republicans work overnight on lame-duck bills," 4 Dec. 2018 There's a risk that technical disagreements or personality conflicts within other major blockchain networks could lead to similar splits, harming the long-term value of their cryptocurrencies. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017," 19 Nov. 2018 Once chummy and physically affectionate (in a manly man kind of way), the two world leaders have begun airing their ideological differences and policy disagreements more openly. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Macron denounces nationalism as avowed “nationalist” Trump stands steps away," 11 Nov. 2018 There are real consequences to these disagreements beyond red-blue bickering. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why mayors and urban leaders will have a bigger impact in 2018 elections," 21 Sep. 2018 Anyone who does that will get along fine with Cousins, even after disagreements. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Looking past DeMarcus Cousins’ scowl: What the Warriors will learn about the ‘Big Kid’," 4 July 2018 While some disagreement has emerged between experts on where Florence will exactly land on the Carolina coast, it is still predicted to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Florence Makes Landfall, Hundreds Already Need Evacuation," 14 Sep. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of disagreement

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

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