"†1. Discussion, debate. Obs."
Collins hat zudem den Eintrag:
2. a formal discourse
Vielleicht "formale Erörterung"?http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/e...
"Analogy, replied my father, is the certain relation and agreement which different—Here a devil of a rap at the door snapped my father's definition (like his tobacco-pipe) in two,—and, at the same time, crushed the head of as notable and curious a dissertation as ever was engendered in the womb of speculation;" (Sterne)
Weitere Belege aus dem OED:
"1611 J. Speed Hist. Great Brit. ix. xxii. 813/1 As in a certaine dissertation had once with M. Cheeke it appeared.
1623 H. Cockeram Eng. Dict., Dissertation, a disputing on things.
1677 T. Gale Court of Gentiles: Pt. III iii. 27 Paul mentions some who had turned aside‥to unprofitable dissertation or disputation.
1709 J. Strype Ann. Reformation I. xi. 137 [They] altogether refused‥to engage in further dissertation with them."