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Definition of "disputation" [dis•pu•ta•tion]

  • The act of disputing; debate. (noun)
  • An academic exercise consisting of a formal debate or an oral defense of a thesis. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disputation" in a sentence
  • "Hitchens loved what he called "disputation" – there was little difference between his public and private speaking styles – and America, a more oral culture than Britain's, offered ample opportunity."
  • "The subject of the disputation is not piety, but the motives to piety; that of the description is not God, but the works of God."
  • "Note 145: "After he had heard the Ethics many times, comprehending them so thoroughly that his teachers found him hard to cope with in disputation, he studied the Politics assiduously.""