ar·​gu·​able | \ ˈär-gyü-ə-bəl How to pronounce arguable (audio) \

Definition of arguable

1 : not certain or clearly true : open to argument, dispute, or question an arguable point
2 : able to be plausibly or convincingly argued used to say that there are good reasons for believing that a statement is true It's arguable that catching [in baseball] today is far more difficult than it was in the 1950s, primarily because the running game is now so dominant.— Peter Gammons

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That word's pronunciation is arguable. That is an arguable point of view.

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Whether the Fed is truly apolitical and always guesses right about economic conditions is arguable, but all alternatives have heavier political baggage. WSJ, "An Independent Fed Is the Least Bad Option," 30 Jan. 2019 Delle Donne is arguable the WNBA’s best player without a title and this is her best chance to date to win a championship. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm among favorites, but certainly no shoo-in for WNBA title," 20 Aug. 2018 Going forward, both sides possess some quality, although Denmark are arguable more reliant on one player in Christian Eriksen., "World Cup Preview: Peru vs Denmark - Recent Form, Predictions, Team News & More," 15 June 2018 The restaurant, which opened in October 2011, was a pet project of Breuder’s and became a symbol of his rocky tenure — not to mention an arguable contradiction of the mission of a community college. Stacy St. Clair,, "College of DuPage sues former president for $25 million," 2 July 2018 Serena Williams isn’t just getting creative with her look at the French Open (that catsuit!) — the multi-hyphenate and arguable greatest athlete of our time now wants to empower women off the tennis court, too., "Serena Williams Is Unstoppable, & Her New Clothing Line Proves It," 31 May 2018 The Girl Who Played Vice Way back in 2009, at the arguable peak of hipster culture, a woman named Kari Ferrell changed the game — the hipster grifter game, that is. Morgan Baila,, "The Stories Of New York's Glamorous Grifters Are The Perfect Ocean's 8 Pregame," 1 June 2018 Precisely how much leverage the investment managers can claim over the companies is arguable. Tori Newmyer,, "Warren asks Fidelity, other companies to demand change in gun industry," 27 Feb. 2018 And then there’s one figure who should strike fear (relief?) in the hearts of everyone in contention to be baseball’s worst—last year’s arguable champ, Rougned Odor, who came back this weekend from a month on the disabled list. Emma Baccellieri,, "Angels Outfielder Kole Calhoun Is Having a Historically Awful Start to the Season," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of arguable

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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