dis·​pu·​tant | \ di-ˈspyü-tᵊnt How to pronounce disputant (audio) , ˈdi-spyə-tənt How to pronounce disputant (audio) \

Definition of disputant

: one that is engaged in a dispute

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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, "‘Voices’ Review: Singers in the Key of Life," 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, "Trump, Cohen and Attorney-Client Privilege," 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, "Half of All Health Spending Is Wasted," 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, "Courtly competitionForeign jurisdictions try to lure legal business from London," 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, "A Powerful China Won’t Respect India," 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, "No charges in Michael Savage incident at Marin restaurant," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of disputant

1593, in the meaning defined above

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disputant

formal : a person who is involved in a dispute and especially in a legal dispute

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