: one that is engaged in a dispute

Examples of disputant in a Sentence

there were only three disputants in the argument, but they made enough noise for a dozen
Recent Examples on the Web My disputant’s particular problem wasn’t with Carpenter’s voice but with its anodyne middle-of-the-road context (both musically and culturally). Wesley Stace, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2018 In the 16th century, when our English forbears began resolving disputes through trial by jury rather than ordeal or battle, disputants had to rely on lawyers to present evidence and arguments. Michael B. Mukasey, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2018 The debate over medicine today is like that baby, but with disputants who won’t fall for Solomon’s trick. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, National Review, 24 Oct. 2017 One way for other financial centres, such as Dubai and Singapore, to compete is by becoming hubs for arbitration—by agreeing to abide by the decision of a tribunal, disputants can bypass courts entirely. The Economist, 31 Aug. 2017 Since India has a close treaty relationship with Bhutan, Indian officials play down the unusual step of intervening in a territorial dispute where technically India isn’t a disputant. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2017 Tiburon police identified the disputants as Michael Alan Savage, the talk show host, and John Spreckles Rosekrans, a Mill Valley resident. Gary Klein, The Mercury News, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disputant was in 1593

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“Disputant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disputant. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​pu·​tant dis-ˈpyüt-ᵊnt How to pronounce disputant (audio) ˈdis-pyət- How to pronounce disputant (audio)
: a person who takes part in a dispute
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