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King James Dictionary [1]

Dispute, L. Dispute is radically very similar to debate and discuss, both of which are from beating, driving, agitation.

1. To contend in argument to reason or argue in opposition to debate to altercate and to dispute violently is to wrangle. Paul disputed with the Jews int he synagogue. The disciples of Christ disputed among themselves who should be the greatest. Men often dispute about trifles. 2. To strive or contend in opposition in a competitor as, we disputed for the prize.


1. To attempt to disprove by arguments or statements to attempt to prove to be false, unfounded or erroneous to controvert to attempt to overthrow by reasoning. We dispute assertions, opinions, arguments or statements, when we endeavor to prove them false or unfounded. We dispute the validity of a title or claim. Hence to dispute a cause or case with another, is to endeavor to maintain ones own opinions or claims, and to overthrow those of his opponent. 2. To strive or contend for, either by words or actions as, to dispute the honor of the day to dispute a prize. But this phrase is elliptical, being used for dispute for, and primarily the verb is intransitive. See the Intransitive Verb, No. 2. 3. To call in question the propriety of to oppose by reasoning. An officer is never to dispute the orders of his superior. 4. To strive to maintain as, to dispute every inch of ground.

Dispute, n.

1. Strife or contest in words or by arguments an attempt to prove and maintain ones own opinions or claims, by arguments or statements, in opposition to the opinions, arguments or claims of another controversy in words. They had a dispute on the lawfulness of slavery, a subject which, one would think, could admit of no dispute.

Dispute is usually applied to verbal contest controversy may be in words or writing.

Dispute is between individuals debate and discussion are applicable to public bodies.

2. The possibility of being controverted as in the phrase, this is a fact, beyond all dispute.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( v. t.) To struggle against; to resist.

(2): ( v. i.) Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.

(3): ( v. i.) To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.

(4): ( v. t.) To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.

(5): ( v. t.) To oppose by argument or assertion; to attempt to overthrow; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of; as, to dispute assertions or arguments.

(6): ( v. t.) To strive or contend about; to contest.

(7): ( v. i.) Contest; struggle; quarrel.