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.
Recent Examples on the Web The pass interference call on Williams is certainly arguable. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "12 takeaways from Oregon Ducks’ loss at Cal," 7 Dec. 2020 Conservatism itself should not be demonized from being a viable, arguable political philosophy. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Republican Party's future, polarization, Minneapolis police, COVID restrictions," 13 Nov. 2020 For being one of the greatest pitchers in Dodger history, and having arguable your best postseason despite many fans (and newsletter writers) pointing out your postseason failures. Thank you to Justin Turner. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: The moment we’ve all been waiting for," 28 Oct. 2020 Those realities don’t mean that the Big Ten is wrong to restart, although that decision certainly is arguable, and already being argued. Chris Jones,, "Column: Big Ten football is suddenly ‘safe’? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie.," 16 Sep. 2020 Aina is arguable the most influential voice in beauty today, and she's collaborated in the past with brands like Too Faced and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jackie Aina Knows We're All Obsessed With Candles," 10 Aug. 2020 The level to which Rockwell’s paintings inspired families to send their boys off to war is arguable — Pearl Harbor, insignificantly mentioned here, had something to do with it — but Rockwell’s work was a powerful force. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Denver Art Museum’s Norman Rockwell retrospective places artist at center of progressive, 20th-century thought," 28 June 2020 In this current climate, for some, creating has been an arguable necessity during this trying time. Nandi Howard, Essence, "How Ian Isiah Used His Fashion Expertise To Excel In Music," 7 July 2020 But the courts have also insisted on at least some arguable connection between public health and government curbs on freedom, as San Francisco health officials learned in 1900. Bob Egelko,, "Courts give governments wide latitude when epidemics, like coronavirus, threaten public health," 22 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of arguable

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Arguable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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