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dispute

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˈdɪspjuːt/
an argument or disagreement, especially an official one: The judge urged the feuding partners to settle their legal dispute . Staff have been in a long-running pay dispute with the company. An official involved in the dispute said that the attorney has indicated he is likely to agree to the revised terms. He was in dispute with his last company, which had terminated his contract. Workers at the car plant are to stage a fresh strike in a dispute over pay.dispute between/with sb/sth (and sb/sth) The dispute between Brazil and the United States over immigration checks continued. a bitter/long-running dispute
in dispute not yet agreed on or accepted by everyone: Sensitive documents related to personnel that ought to be protected for privacy reasons are the only documents that are in dispute. The facts in this matter are in dispute.
→  See also alternative dispute resolution , credit dispute letter , demarcation dispute , employment dispute , industrial dispute , insurance dispute , letter of dispute , trade dispute
(Definition of dispute noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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