- to engage in argument or debate.
- to argue vehemently; wrangle or quarrel.
- to argue or debate about; discuss.
- to argue against; call in question: to dispute a proposal.
- to quarrel or fight about; contest.
- to strive against; oppose: to dispute an advance of troops.
- a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
- a wrangling argument; quarrel.
Origin of dispute
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Examples from the Web for disputed
“Altamirano has always been a disputed territory,” said Father Javier.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Several of them disputed the figure of six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
For no matter how disputed the circumstances of both cases, many people see what happened in black and white.Dr. Howard Fuller's Injustice Education
December 21, 2014
When Kocureck was shown the document by InsideClimate News, he disputed the accusations.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
However, [the scholars] are disputed over [the issue of] capturing apostate women.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
Their precise age and antiquity have been disputed with some acrimony.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
"I do not suppose that one case in ten is tracked home," disputed Roland.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
These are my tenets, my lovely friend; and which I think cannot well be disputed.The Letters of Robert Burns
The "Zphir" and the "Baleine" went in chase; but as there was enough for all, they disputed no longer.The Fte At Coqueville
In the debatable class there ought to be a definition of all disputed matters.Phaedrus
- to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc, of
- (tr) to seek to win; contest for
- (tr) to struggle against; resist
- an argument or quarrel
Word Origin and History for disputed
c.1300, from Old French desputer (12c.) "dispute, fight over, contend for, discuss," from Latin disputare "weigh, examine, discuss, argue, explain," from dis- "separately" (see dis-) + putare "to count, consider," originally "to prune" (see pave).
Used in Vulgate in sense of "to argue, contend with words." Related: Disputable; disputed; disputing. The noun is not certainly recorded before 1590s (disputacioun in that sense is from late 14c.).
Idioms and Phrases with disputed
see in dispute.