disputation

noun
dis·​pu·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdi-spyə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce disputation (audio) \

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

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 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, 27 Feb. 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, 27 Feb. 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, 27 Feb. 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, 27 Feb. 2020 By taking steps to remember that politics always involves disputation, even among those who vote for the same candidates and affiliate with the same party, Americans may begin to rediscover the ability to respectfully disagree with opponents. Robert B. Talisse, The Conversation, 3 Jan. 2022 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, 27 Feb. 2020 In 1486 a young philosopher named Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463–1494), famed for his memory, his polyglot learning, and his daring, decided to hold a public disputation in Rome. Anthony Grafton, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 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, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of disputation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Apr 2022

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“Disputation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disputation. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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