dis-, di-, dif-

(Latin: separation, apart, asunder; removal, away, from; negation, deprivation, undoing, reversal, utterly, completely; in different directions)

The meaning of dis- varies with different words; dif-, assimilated form of dis- before f; di-, form of dis- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v.

disprovable (adjective) (not comparable)
Subject to being invalid: The statement Linda made in court was disprovable and discredited by the lawyers and judge.
Act of disproving; disproof.
disprove (verb), disproves; disproved; disproving
To show that an assertion, claim, etc. is false, invalid, or wrong; to refute; to invalidate.
1. One who disproves or confutes.
2. A debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument; rebutter, refuter, confuter.
disputable (adjective), more disputable, most disputable
1. Capable of being disproved: The amount of money on Linda's bank account was disputable because she didn't check it first before telling her husband and it actually turned out to be less than she admitted in the beginning!
2. Open to argument or debate: Since Joan's plan and notion for spending their money on a swimming pool was questionable and disputable, it was up for discussion in the family.
disputably (adverb), more disputably, most disputably
Referring to how something is open to controversy;: Her testimony was disputably and debatably inaccurate.
disputant (s) (noun), disputants (pl)
1. Someone who is good at, or who enjoys controversy.
2. Those who are involved in arguments or legal disputes.
3. A person who disputes; a debater.
disputation (s) (noun), disputations (pl)
1. The formal presentation of, and opposition to, a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote): There were significant disputations between the teachers’ union and the local government over contract negotiations.
2. The act of debating; a verbal controversy: Before the election, there were several disputations scheduled among the candidates so voters might be able to have a better understanding of the issues.
3. An oral defense or debate of an academic’s thesis: The science department at the university scheduled a disputation of Mike's thesis to take place next Monday afternoon.
Controversy, heated argument.
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Controversial argument.
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A disagreement about issues.
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disputatious (adjective), more disputatious, most disputatious
1. Inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits.
2. A tendency to argue or disagree without adequate cause.
3. Being fond of, or given to, disputation; argumentative; contentious.
disputatiously (adverb)
1. In a disputatious manner.
2. A reference relating to something that is in question as to its value or intent.
dispute (s) (noun), disputes (pl)
A disagreement or argument about something important.
disputer (s) (noun), disputers (pl)
1. Someone who engages in discussion or argument; a debater.
2. Anyone who quarrels angrily.