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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But there are also deep disagreement, staunch opposition and growing disenchantment with gun control. Matthew Choi, star-telegram, "Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court," 11 July 2018 The disagreement created the slimmest margin between No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams in BCS history: .9419 for Alabama, .9333 for Oklahoma State. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Did the LSU-Alabama Rematch Really Kill the BCS?," 10 July 2018 The senator has more than once threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Catherine Lucey, Time, "President Trump Talks to Three More Candidates to Fill Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court Seat," 4 July 2018 The senator has more than once threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Trump conducts more Supreme Court interviews, hears concerns," 3 July 2018 Trump administration officials say that despite disagreements with Russia, there are areas such as counterterrorism where Washington and Moscow can find common ground. Anton Troianovski, Anchorage Daily News, "Bolton, Putin meet ahead of key summit with Trump, express hope for better ties," 27 June 2018 The report itself is a grandiose airing of the FBI's dirty laundry: Internal disagreements, bad decisions, troubling conduct, insubordination and more. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "6 takeaways from the Justice watchdog report on the Clinton email investigation," 14 June 2018 Because most research on solar geoengineering has been restricted to modeling studies, there’s disagreement among experts about the possibility, or seriousness, of these potential side effects. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "World Needs to Set Rules for Geoengineering Experiments, Experts Say," 23 May 2018 Though like so much in life, a yay or nay often comes down to gut, which leads to a few in-office disagreements, to put it diplomatically. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It Takes to Be a Great Hotel: Travelogue Podcast," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of disagreement

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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