disputation

A disputation is a formal argument or debate, like the heated but thoughtful disputation your classmates have over whether Marvel or DC Comics is superior.

The term disputation comes from a Latin root, disputare, meaning "weigh, examine, discuss, argue, or explain." A true disputation is careful and well thought-out, and it often takes place in a scholarly or academic setting. Formal debates are one type of disputation, and going all the way back to the Middle Ages, disputations were often religious in nature. Theological disputations between Jewish and Christian scholars were common in 13th century Europe, for example.

Definitions of disputation
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n the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

Synonyms:
debate, public debate
Type of:
oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking
delivering an address to a public audience

n a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

Synonyms:
arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, tilt
Types:
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argle-bargle, argy-bargy
a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
firestorm
an outburst of controversy
sparring
an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
polemic
a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
fight
an intense verbal dispute
Type of:
conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
a disagreement or argument about something important

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