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Definition of disputation

1 : the action of disputing : verbal controversy continuous disputation between them ideological disputations
2 : an academic exercise in oral defense of a thesis by formal logic

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Examples of disputation in a Sentence

years of debate and disputation a heated disputation over the true authorship of the poem popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas”
Recent Examples on the Web Abstruse disputation is hardly unknown but argument has reached a new level with threats of lawsuits and charges of snobbish bigotry and snowflake naïveté. Ethan Bronner, Bloomberg.com, "NYC Homeless Saga Exposes City’s Struggle With Race, Inequality," 29 Sep. 2020 Only death could remove Hoover from office, and his departure eventually did lead to significant reforms, but the notoriety of the FBI has endured—thanks often to fiascos of its own making—as has contentious disputation about it. Robert G. Kaiser, The New York Review of Books, "Fear and Loathing and the FBI," 11 Feb. 2020 The Babylonian Talmud is a vast, rambling text written mostly in Aramaic that encompasses law codes, anecdotes, mysticism, customs, disputations and aphorisms, and serves as the cornerstone of Orthodox Jewish practices. Washington Post, "Orthodox women seek bigger role as Jews end Talmud cycle," 7 Jan. 2020 Officials warned massive disputations in the area will likely last weeks. Washington Post, "Missing worker search goes on in New Orleans hotel collapse," 13 Oct. 2019 Passionate disagreements over small causes are a professional hazard of intellectuals, and the conservative tradition of disputation exacerbates that tendency by staying in the realm of abstraction. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 The signature Tel Aviv cafés were the Rowal and the Cassit, both staying open until dawn to allow émigré writers to conclude their disputations. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, "‘A Rich Brew’ Review: A Remarkable Cultural Infusion," 28 June 2018 There’s some disputation with the referee, who says play on. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 Being Jewish is knowing Jewish history in some depth; being Jewish is engaging with the incomparable treasury of disputation that is the Talmud; being Jewish is immersion in the boundless glories of Jewish literature, poetry, philosophy and art. Simon Schama, New York Times, "How to Be a Jew in the Age of Trump?," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disputation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disputation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disputation. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disputation

formal : a disagreement or argument

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