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. A rhetorical exercise in which parties reason in opposition to each other on some question proposed.
n 1: the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated
proposition (usually followed by a vote) [syn: debate,
2: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[syn: controversy, contention, contestation, disceptation,
tilt, argument, arguing]