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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.
Saifuddin, who claimed to be unfazed with the party's current situation, said any differences of opinion or clash of ideas was nothing new in PKR.
Boeing is working on updated software for an automated flight-control feature, which was a focus of a high-profile Lion Air crash in Indonesia, but the work has taking longer than initially expected amid engineering issues and differences of opinion among federal and company safety experts over how extensive changes should be.
Initially, there were differences of opinion. However, they reached a consensus that they should oppose the move undertaken by the JVP.
He said that PML-N is a political party in which members are allowed to have differences of opinion.
Our politicians try to smear their rivals rather than rationally criticise them for differences of opinion and policy.
When asked about the differences of opinion that emerged between the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchin(ITAK) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), Sri Kantha said, "In any democratic organizations, differences of opinion occurs, but majority views prevail.
'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.
Confrontations and fierce differences of opinion are inevitable as the judges critique each performance and support the acts in their categories.
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.