• to contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another.
  • to make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss
  • to oppose by argument or assertion; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of
  • to strive or contend about; to contest
  • to struggle against; to resist


  • From Middle English disputen, from Old French desputer (French disputer), from Latin disputo, from dis- + puto, related to purus. Compare compute, count, impute, repute, amputate, etc.

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