dis·pute 1 /di-'spyüt/ vb dis·put·ed, dis·put·ing
vi: to engage in a dispute
disputing with management over contract terms
vt: to engage in a dispute over
disputing the correct application of the contract provision; esp: to oppose by argument or assertion
disputed changes to the grievance procedure
dis·put·able /di-'spyü-tə-bəl, 'dis-pyə-tə-bəl/ adj
dispute 2 n: an assertion of opposing views or claims: a disagreement as to rights; esp: one that is the subject of proceedings for resolution (as arbitration)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun aggressive argument, altercatio, altercation, argument, bickering, challenge, clash of opinions, conflict, conflict of opinion, contention, controversia, controversy, debate, demele, difference, difference of opinion, disaccord, disagreement, disceptatio, discord, dissension, dissentience, dissidence, disturbance, disunity, divergence, divergent opinions, embranglement, embroilment, failure to agree, feud, imbroglio, impugnation, legal battle, litigation, nonagreement, opposition, polemic, remonstrance, remonstration, strife, variance, verbal contention, verbal controversy, verbal engagement, wrangle associated concepts: amount in dispute, dispute as to the amount, dispute concerning terms or conditions of employment, jurisdictional dispute, labor dispute, matter in dispute, undisputed claim II (contest) verb altercari, altercate, argue against, argue vehemently, be at cross purposes, be at variance, bring in question, call in question, challenge, clash, collide, combat, compete, concertare, conflict, confute, contend, contend for, contradict, contravene, controvert, deny, deny absolutely, deny emphatically, deny entirely, deny flatly, deny peremptorily, deny the genuineness of, differ, disagree with, dissent from, doubt, gainsay, give denial to, have a feud with, have an altercation, have differences, have words with, impugn, negative, not agree, object to, oppose by argument, quarrel over, query, question the truth of, recriminate, refute, rixari, strive against, struggle against, take exception, take issue with, traverse associated concepts: disputed claim, disputed demand, disputed issue, disputed question of fact, disputed writing, labor dispute foreign phrases:
- Non est certandum de regulis juris. — There is no disputing about rules of the law
III (debate) verb ambigere, argue, argue a case, argue a point, argue in opposition, argufy, bandy words, be contrary, bicker, carry on an argument, confute, contend in argument, contradict, controvert, differ, disagree, discept, disceptare, disputare, dissent, divide on, have a verbal controversy over, hold an argument, indulge in argument, make a rejoinder, not agree, parry, rebut, refute, wrangle IV index altercation, answer (reply), argue, argument (contention), bicker, brawl, challenge, collide (clash), conflict (noun), conflict (verb), confront (oppose), confrontation (altercation), contention (argument), contention (opposition), contest (dispute), contest, contradict, contradiction, contravene, controversy (argument), controvert, cross (disagree with), debate, deny (contradict), differ (disagree), disaccord (noun), disaccord (verb), disaffirm, disagree, disallow, disapprove (reject), disbelieve, discord, dissension, dissent (differ in opinion), doubt (distrust), except (object), exception (objection), feud, fight (argument), fight (battle), fracas, fray, gainsay, haggle, impeach, impugn, impugnation, incompatibility (difference), lawsuit, matter (case), matter (subject), negate, nonconformity, object, oppose, oppugn, proceeding, protest, rebut, reject, remonstrate, rift (disagreement), strife, variance (disagreement)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A disagreement or argument; a conflict.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The assertion of conflicting claims or rights between parties involved in a legal proceeding, such as a lawsuit, mediation, or arbitration.
Category: If, When & Where to File a Lawsuit
Category: Mediation, Arbitration & Collaborative Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A conflict or controversy; a conflict of claims or rights; an assertion of a right, claim, or demand on one side, met by contrary claims or allegations on the other. The subject of litigation; the matter for which a suit is brought and upon which issue is joined, and in relation to which jurors are called and witnesses examined.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A conflict or controversy; a conflict of claims or rights; an assertion of a right, claim, or demand on one side, met by contrary claims or allegations on the other. The subject of litigation; the matter for which a suit is brought and upon which issue is joined, and in relation to which jurors are called and witnesses examined.

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  • Dispute — Dis*pute , n. [Cf. F. dispute. See {Dispute}, v. i.] 1. Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate. [1913 Webster] Addicted more To contemplation and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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