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Dictionary Definition

disagree

Verb

1 be of different opinions; "I beg to differ!"; "She disagrees with her husband on many questions" [syn: differ, dissent, take issue] [ant: agree]
2 be different from one another [syn: disaccord, discord] [ant: match]

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English

Etymology

dis- + agree

Verb

  1. to not agree

Translations

to not agree
  • Dutch: het niet eens zijn, het oneens zijn

Extensive Definition

A controversy or dispute occurs when parties actively disagree, argue about, or debate, a matter of opinion. Controversies can range in size from private disputes between two individuals to large-scale disagreements between societies.
Perennial areas of controversy include religion, philosophy and politics. Controversy in matters of theology has traditionally been particularly heated, giving rise to the phrase odium theologicum. Controversial issues are held as potentially divisive in a given society, because they can lead to tension and ill will. Some controversies are considered taboo to many people, unless a society can find a common ground to share and discuss its people's feelings on a certain controversial issue.
Benford's law of controversy, as expressed by science-fiction author Gregory Benford in 1980, states "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available."

In law

In the theory of law, a controversy differs from a legal case; while the latter includes all suits, criminal as well as civil, a controversy is a purely civil proceeding.
For example, the Case or Controversy Clause of Article Three of the United States Constitution (Section 2, Clause 1) states that "the judicial Power shall extend ... to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party". This clause has been deemed to impose a requirement that United States federal courts are not permitted to hear cases that do not pose an actual controversy—that is, an actual dispute between adverse parties which is capable of being resolved by the court. In addition to setting out the scope of the jurisdiction of the federal judiciary, it also prohibits courts from issuing advisory opinions, or from hearing cases that are either unripe, meaning that the controversy has not arisen yet, or moot, meaning that the controversy has already been resolved.
Amount in controversy is a term in United States civil procedure to denote a requirement that persons seeking to bring a lawsuit in a particular court must be suing for a certain minimum amount before that court may hear the case.

In early Christianity

Many of the early Christian writers, among them Irenaeus, Athanasius, and Jerome, were famed as "controversialists"; they wrote works against perceived heresy or heretical individuals, works whose titles begin "Adversus..." such as Irenaeus' Adversus haereses. The Christian writers inherited from the classical rhetors the conviction that controversial confrontations, even over trivial matters, were a demonstration of intellectual superiority. See Christian theological controversy.
disagree in Bulgarian: Спор
disagree in German: Kontroverse
disagree in Estonian: Vaidlus
disagree in Spanish: Controversia
disagree in French: Controverse
disagree in Hebrew: מחלוקת
disagree in Portuguese: Controvérsia
disagree in Simple English: Controversy
disagree in Yiddish: מחלוקת

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agree to differ, agree to disagree, argue, be at cross-purposes, be at variance, be distinct, be distinguished, be in dissent, be unmoved, be unwilling, beg off, beg to differ, bicker, break, break off, clash, clash with, collide, conflict, conflict with, contend, contest, contradict, contrast with, counter, debate, decline, decline to accept, depart from, deviate from, differ, differ in opinion, disaccord, disaccord with, disagree with, disallow, disclaim, discord, discord with, dispute, dissent, dissent from, divaricate from, diverge, diverge from, divide, divide on, drop out, fall out, fight, hold opposite views, hold out against, jangle, jar, jar with, jostle, mismatch, mismate, misunderstand one another, negate, negative, not accord with, not agree, not buy, not consent, not get along, not hear of, not square with, not think of, object, oppose, pull different ways, quarrel, refuse, refuse consent, reject, repudiate, resist entreaty, resist persuasion, say nay, say no, secede, squabble, stand aloof, stand apart, stand over against, take exception, take issue, turn down, vary, vote nay, vote negatively, withdraw, withhold assent, wrangle
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