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 trueIt'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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Examples of arguable in a Sentence

That word's pronunciation is arguable. That is an arguable point of view.
Recent Examples on the Web While that is arguable, it cannot be doubted that most of India’s population is rural. Amitava Kumar, The New Yorker, "How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing," 12 Dec. 2019 For Democrats, though impeachment carries risks — potentially grave ones, if they are perceived as overplaying their hand — the partisan logic of holding hearings and dumping something in the lap of the Senate is at least arguable. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "You Can’t Ignore Politics in Impeachment," 11 Oct. 2019 The merits of an anonymous account at this stage in the game are arguable at best, but expect to see this book everywhere. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: 'Anonymous' Trump book, 'A Warning;' 'The Confession Club;' 'Strange Planet'," 19 Nov. 2019 Wisconsin boasts an offensive line led by a potential All-American center in Tyler Biadasz, an arguable generational talent in Taylor and an offense built to grind on you in ways Northwestern cannot. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Does Ohio State football’s defense have a problem stopping the run? Buckeye Rewatch," 21 Oct. 2019 With the arguable exception of Nick, none of the supporting characters gets enough love from the film to generate the kind of group sociological portrait Greed seems to intend. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Greed': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 Redding, their arguable keystone, died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, along with four members of The Bar-Kays. Brody Kenny, Billboard, "How Stax Got Its Groove Back: A 'Soul Explosion' 50th Anniversary Reissue and Retrospective," 12 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of arguable

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Arguable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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