Definitions of dispute

  1. have a disagreement over something; " We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; " These tewo fellows are always scrapping over something"
  2. take exception to; " She challenged his claims"
  3. a disagreement or argument about something important; " he had a dispute with his wife"; " there were irreconcilable differences"; " the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
  4. coming into conflict with
  5. To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.
  6. To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
  7. 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.
  8. To strive or contend about; to contest.
  9. To struggle against; to resist.
  10. Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
  11. Contest; struggle; quarrel.
  12. The assertion of conflicting claims or rights between parties involved in a legal proceeding, such as a lawsuit, mediation or arbitration.
  13. To debate; argue; quarrel.
  14. Contend for by words or actions; express doubt of; contest.
  15. A contest in words; a quarrel.
  16. To make a subject of argument: to contend for: to oppose by argument: to call in question.
  17. To argue: to debate.
  18. A contest with words: an argument: a debate.
  19. A contest in words.
  20. To debate; argue; call in question; contend in words.
  21. To question; challenge; discuss; contest.
  22. To debate; quarrel.
  23. A controversial discussion; a contest; altercation; wrangle; quarrel.
  24. A contention or contest in words or by arguments in opposition to another; a debate; a contest; the possibility of being controverted.
  25. To argue; to attempt to disprove by arguments or statements; to contend for; to call in question the propriety of; to strive to maintain.
  26. To contend in argument; to debate; to contend in opposition to a competitor.
  27. To debate; to contend for by words or actions; to reason or argue in opposition to; to altercate; to doubt or question.
  28. A debate; a contest by words; a controversy; an altercation.

Usage examples for dispute

  1. It will never argue or dispute – The Soul of Man by Oscar Wilde
  2. And I sez, " Dear Josiah, nobody that knows you can dispute it." – Samantha at the St. Louis Exposition by Marietta Holley
  3. I do not now dispute the justice of the charge. – The Man of Letters as a Man of Business by William Dean Howells
  4. This may be unjust; it is certainly beyond dispute the fact. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  5. To dispute this will would be madness indeed: all the world knows my old friend, your grandfather, died in perfect possession of his senses, and this will was signed three months ago. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  6. Owen spoke to them as he drew near and the boy appealed to him for his opinion concerning a dispute they had been having. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  7. Well, I've not come to dispute as usual, with you, Augustine. – Amabel Channice by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  8. A loud dispute then took place between him and the pirates. – A Lady's Captivity among Chinese Pirates in the Chinese Seas by Fanny Loviot
  9. It was better to dispute with a thousand men than one woman. – The Religious Life of London by J. Ewing Ritchie
  10. Then came Cocleus upon me, and said, " Sir Martin, if you will yield up your safe- conduct, then I will enter into dispute with you." – Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther by Martin Luther
  11. After a long dispute she consented to take my piano with her. – A Top-Floor Idyl by George van Schaick
  12. Who could possibly dispute a sister's advice in such a case? – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  13. You don't dispute the identity of the body, do you?" – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  14. The second dog rose leisurely, and a silent argument over some old- time dispute proceeded in true husky fashion. – In the Brooding Wild by Ridgwell Cullum
  15. I will not dispute with you, but I will tell you a little story. – The Revolution in Tanner's Lane by Mark Rutherford
  16. As to the main facts, however, there was little or no dispute – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  17. Well, I couldn't dispute it. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  18. I don't think any one will dispute that. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. I don't think that we need bring Jack and his love into this dispute said I. Only that it isn't too late, you know. – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  20. In 1736 there was a dispute about the bridge. – Highways and Byways in Surrey by Eric Parker