Definition for DIS-PUTE'


  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.

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