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Distinction vs Dispute - What's the difference?

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Distinction is a related term of dispute.

As a noun distinction

is that which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.

As a verb dispute is





(en noun)
  • That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
  • The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1921, title=
  • , author=(Bertrand Russell), chapter=Lecture II , passage=In spite of these qualifications, the broad distinction between instinct and habit is undeniable. To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1911, title=
  • , chapter=Evidence , passage=But, for practical purposes, it is possible to draw a distinction between a statement of facts observed and an expression of opinion as to the inference to be drawn from these facts, and the rule telling witnesses to state facts and not express opinions is of great value in keeping their statements out of the region of argument and conjecture.}}
  • Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=Mother
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Steven Gerrard goal against Poland ensures England will go to World Cup'' (in ''The Guardian , 15 October 2013)[http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/15/england-poland-world-cup-qualifier]
  • Leighton Baines, playing with distinction again, sent over a left-wing cross with pace and accuracy. Welbeck, prominently involved all night, could not reach it but Rooney was directly behind him, flashing his header past Szczesny.

    Derived terms

    * contradistinction * distinction without a difference


    * (that which distinguishes) confusion



    (en noun)
  • An argument or disagreement, a failure to agree.
  • Verbal controversy; contest by opposing argument or expression of opposing views or claims; controversial discussion; altercation; debate.
  • * Milton
  • Addicted more / To contemplation and profound dispute .
  • Contest; struggle; quarrel.
  • (Defoe)


    * See also


  • To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another.
  • To make a subject of disputation; to argue pro and con; to discuss.
  • Some residents disputed the proposal, saying it was based more on emotion than fact.
  • To oppose by argument or assertion; to controvert; to express dissent or opposition to; to call in question; to deny the truth or validity of.
  • to dispute assertions or arguments
  • * Bancroft
  • to seize goods under the disputed authority of writs of assistance
  • To strive or contend about; to contest.
  • * Prescott
  • to dispute the possession of the ground with the Spaniards
  • (obsolete) To struggle against; to resist.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Dispute it [grief] like a man.

    Derived terms

    * industrial dispute