debate


debate

noun

Definition of DEBATE

1
a careful weighing of the reasons for or against something <after much debate, I decided to get the chocolate ice cream>
Antonyms short shrift
2
variance of opinion on a matter <there was a great deal of debate over the need for cutting costs by eliminating some programs>
3
an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue <there was no debate over the expenditures before the vote>

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