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disputation

dis·pu·ta·tion

disputation

 
 
pronunciation:
dIs py teI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of disputing; discussion or debate.
It was a controversial subject, and disputation erupted among the students in the classroom.
similar words:
argument, debate, discussion
definition 2: an academic debate on, or oral defense of, a thesis.