Linguivocal

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disagreement

Posted by shashi on February 15, 2006

These words are related with meaning disagreement but used quite differently
 
Conflict:
An active disagreement between people with opposing opinions or principles:
There was a lot of conflict between him and his father
Fighting between two or more groups of people or countries
 We wish to avoid conflict between our countries if at all possible
 
Dispute:
An argument or disagreement, especially an official one between, for example, workers and employers or two bordering countries:
a bitter/long-running dispute
a border dispute
a pay/legal/trade dispute
They have been unable to settle/resolve the dispute over working conditions.
The unions are in dispute with management over pay
 
Confrontation:
To confront means to face, meet or deal with a difficult situation or person
It’s an issue we’ll have to confront at some point, no matter how   unpleasant it is
Confrontation means a fight or argument:
She actually enjoys confrontation, whereas I prefer a quiet life

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