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Want of provisions. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

DIS-PU'TA-BLE, a. [See Dispute.]

That may be disputed; liable to be called in question, controverted or contested; controvertible; of doubtful certainty. We speak of disputable opinions, statements, propositions, arguments, points, cases, questions, &c.


Disputing; engaged in controversy. – Milton.


One who disputes; one who argues in opposition to another; a controvertist; a reasoner in opposition.

DIS-PU-TA'TION, n. [L. disputatio.]

  1. The act of disputing; a reasoning or argumentation in opposition to something, or on opposite sides; controversy in words; verbal contest, respecting the truth of some fact, opinion, proposition or argument.
  2. An exercise in colleges, in which parties reason in opposition to each other, on some question proposed.


Inclined to dispute; apt to cavil or controvert; as, a disputatious person or temper. The Christian doctrine of a future life was no recommendation of the new religion to the wits and philosophers of that disputatious period. – Buckminster.


Disposed to dispute; inclined to cavil or to reason in opposition; as, a disputative temper. – Watts.


  1. Strife or contest in words or by arguments; an attempt to prove and maintain one's 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.

DIS-PUTE', v.i. [L. disputo; dis and puto. The primary sense of puto is to throw, cast, strike or drive, as we see by imputo, to impute, to throw on, to charge, to ascribe. Amputo, to prune, is to strike off, to throw off from all sides; computo, to compute, is to throw together, to cast. Dispute then 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 in the 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 to a competitor; as, we disputed for the prize.

DIS-PUTE', v.t.

  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 one's 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.


Contested; opposed by words or arguments; litigated.


Admitting no dispute; incontrovertible.


One who disputes, or who is given to disputes; a controvertist. Where is the disputer of this world? 1 Cor. i.


The act of contending by words or arguments; controversy; altercation. Do all things without murmurings or disputings. – Phil. ii.


Contending by words or arguments; controverting.

DIS-QUAL-I-FI-CA'TION, n. [See Disqualify.]

  1. The act of disqualifying; or that which disqualifies; that which renders unfit; unsuitable or inadequate; as, sickness is a disqualification for labor or study.
  2. The act of depriving of legal power or capacity; that which renders incapable; that which incapacitates in law; disability. Conviction of a crime is a disqualification for office.
  3. Want of qualification. It is used in this sense, though improperly. In strictness, disqualification implies a previous qualification; but careless writers use it for the want of qualification, where no previous qualification is supposed. Thus, I must still retain the consciousness of those disqualifications, which you have been pleased to overlook. – Sir John Shore, Asiat. Res. 4, 175.


Deprived of qualifications; rendered unfit.

DIS-QUAL'I-FY, v.t. [dis and qualify.]

  1. To make unfit; to deprive of natural power, or the qualities or properties necessary for any purpose; with for. Indisposition disqualifies the body for labor, and the mind for study. Piety does not disqualify a person for any lawful employment.
  2. To deprive of legal capacity, power or right; to disable. A conviction of perjury disqualifies a man for a witness. A direct interest in a suit disqualifies a person to be a juror in the cause.


Rendering unfit; disabling.


To diminish. [Not in use.] – Shak.

DIS-QUI'ET, a. [dis and quiet.]

Unquiet; restless; uneasy. [Seldom used.] – Shak.


Want of quiet; uneasiness; restlessness; want of tranquillity in body or mind; disturbance; anxiety. – Swift. Tillotson.

DIS-QUI'ET, v.t.

To disturb; to deprive of peace, rest or tranquillity; to make uneasy or restless; to harass the body; to fret or vex the mind. That he may disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon. – Jer. l. Why hast thou disquieted me? – 1 Sam. xxviii. O my soul, why art thou disquieted within me? – Ps. xlii.


Made uneasy or restless; disturbed; harassed.


One who disquiets; he or that which makes uneasy.