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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So as Biden and Warren finally go toe-to-toe tonight, there’s plenty of current and past disagreements for the debate moderators to explore. NBC News, "Biden and Warren had a long history of squabbles before 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Liberman rejected coalition deals three months ago over disagreements with the ultra-Orthodox, propelling the country into this crisis. Washington Post, "Israel’s do-over election this month may yield another deadlock. Then what happens?," 6 Sep. 2019 During this year's gathering of leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies, Trump went to great lengths to portray it as something of a lovefest, papering over significant disagreements on major issues. Fortune, "Trump Portrays G-7 as a Love Fest," 27 Aug. 2019 At the same time, Santamarta has his own history of unresolved disagreements with the aerospace industry over its cybersecurity measures. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "A Boeing Code Leak Exposes Security Flaws Deep in a 787's Guts," 7 Aug. 2019 The situation is further complicated because of disagreements between Baghdad and Irbil over governance and security in Sinjar. Nadia Murad, Twin Cities, "Nadia Murad: The genocide against the Yazidi continues," 4 Aug. 2019 Tierney has been scouted by the Gunners throughout the summer, with the north London side having seen two bids already knocked back by the Scottish champions over a disagreement on the structure of payments. SI.com, "Arsenal & Celtic (Still) Locked in Talks Over Kieran Tierney Deal as Move Edges Nearer Completion," 28 July 2019 Djordjevic was installed as president in 2011 and Prentice left in 2012 over simmering disagreements regarding the direction of the company. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Major metro Detroit restaurant group implodes, tries to lay off employees," 22 July 2019 So what is advertised as a first-principles debate between two competing ways of organizing society often becomes, when the question turns to policy, a much more minor set of disagreements over degrees of reform. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "John Hickenlooper’s War on Socialism," 1 July 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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