a difference of opinion

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a difference of opinion

A disagreement. The term is often used to frame such a disagreement as a polite one in which people simply differ in their views. We're not at odds, it's just a difference of opinion. We're going to continue discussing it and find common ground.
See also: difference, of, opinion
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I have given a judgment for the residuary legatee under the will," said the Court, "put the costs upon the contestants, decided all questions relating to fees and other charges; and, in short, the estate in litigation has been settled, with all controversies, disputes, misunderstandings, and differences of opinion thereunto appertaining.
The settlement of a rule would, in the meantime, be postponed by real differences of opinion and affected delays.
In this he enjoined them, in the most earnest manner, to cultivate harmony and unanimity, and recommended that all differences of opinions on points connected with the objects and interests of the voyage should be discussed by the whole, and decided by a majority of votes.
And differences of opinion are the essence of democracy.
Muslims must live as one united force so that differences of opinion may be resolved amicably.
The Talmud records more than 300 differences of opinion between Hillel the Elder and Shammai, first-century BCE rabbis.
But I think it needs a realistic appraisal by people who have had very harsh things to say about each other and where there are clear differences of opinion, strong differences of opinion.
Taking cognisance of these differences of opinion, the CVC has recommended that cases can be registered in 14 allocations which had been recommended for closure.
But there are no significant differences of opinion between younger and older Americans, whites and nonwhites, or college grads and those without a college education.
Sadly for the world, such differences of opinion arising out of religious separatism are usually contested with the sword.
The Turkish minister said the positions of Turkey and Greece regarding Cyprus issue were certain, and two countries were aware of their differences of opinion.
we may accept differences of opinion, but now these differences have turned into behavior, support and programs of Syria working with Iran in efforts that come at the expense of the people and security of the Arab countries.
Asked at a media briefing why he was quitting, Sobti said: "When such things happen, there would be obviously differences of opinion individually and how you believe the company should go forward.
Summary: The Lebanese Option Group (LOG) called on Hizbullah Thursday to accept differences of opinion among the Shiite community, and warned the March 14 coalition against allying with Hizbullah in the 2009 parliamentary elections.
There are bound to be differences of opinion at some stage and it's Andy's prerogative to find someone who sees it the way he does.