ar·​gu·​able ˈär-gyü-ə-bəl How to pronounce arguable (audio)
: not certain or clearly true : open to argument, dispute, or question
an arguable point
: 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

Examples of arguable in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arguable was circa 1611

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“Arguable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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ar·​gu·​able ˈär-gyü-ə-bəl How to pronounce arguable (audio)
: open to argument, dispute, or question

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