ar·​gu·​ably | \ ˈär-gyü-(ə-)blē How to pronounce arguably (audio) \

Definition of arguably

: as may be argued or shown by argument an arguably effective strategy used to say that a statement is very possibly true even if it is not certainly true He was arguably the greatest writer of his era.

Examples of arguably in a Sentence

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Arguably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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