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- 1. debate, disputation, public debate, public speaking, speechmaking, speaking, oral presentation
- usage: the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
- 2. controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing, dispute, difference, difference of opinion, conflict
- usage: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
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