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dispute

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of dispute

  1. 1 variance of opinion on a matter a dispute over the proper pronunciation of “nuclear” Synonyms of dispute contestation, controversy, debate, difference, difficulty, disputation, disagreement, dissension (also dissention), dissensus, firestorm, nonconcurrenceWords Related to dispute clash, collision, conflict, confliction, disaccord, discord, dissonance; apartness, divarication, division; combat, contention, strife, struggle; altercation, argument, bicker, falling-out, fight, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, set-toNear Antonyms of dispute acceptance, compliance; concord, peaceAntonyms of dispute accord, agreement, consensus, harmony, unanimity

  2. 2 an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions after much dispute, the school committee decided that all backpacks would have to be stored in lockers during class hours Synonyms of dispute altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argy-bargy [chiefly British], battle royal, bicker, brawl, contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, argument, donnybrook, falling-out, fight, hassle, imbroglio, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, set-to, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangleWords Related to dispute clash, run-in, skirmish, tangle, tussle; logomachy; feud, vendetta; attack, contention, dissension (also dissention); debate, difference, disputation; fuss, objection, protest, protestation; affray [chiefly British], fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée); catfight


dispute

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dispute

  1. 1 to demand proof of the truth or rightness of a whole slew of relatives eager to dispute his claim to being the sole heir Synonyms of dispute contest, challenge, impeach, oppugn, query, questionWords Related to dispute doubt, mistrust; kick (about), object (to), protest; combat, fight, oppose, resistNear Antonyms of dispute back, defend, support; advocate, champion, promote; abide, endure, stomach, tolerateAntonyms of dispute accept, believe, embrace, swallow

  2. 2 to express different opinions about something often angrily hometown fans disputing with visiting fans over which had the better team Synonyms of dispute altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, brawl, controvert, argue, fall out, fight, hassle, jar, quarrel, quibble, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangleWords Related to dispute challenge, dare, defy; clash, contend, contest, tangle; cavil, fuss, nitpick; consider, debate, discuss; kick, object, protestNear Antonyms of dispute coexist, get along; accept, agree, assent, concur, consent

  3. 3 to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion in an extended session the city council disputed the need for a new high school Synonyms of dispute agitate, argue, bandy, bat (around or back and forth), canvass (also canvas), debate, discuss, hash (over or out), moot, talk overWords Related to dispute review, speak (about), talk (about); broach, introduce, propound, raise, stir up; forge, hammer out, talk out, thrash (out), wrestle (with); chew over, consider, deliberate, weigh


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