arguably

adverb
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 trueHe was arguably the greatest writer of his era.

Examples of arguably in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Dodge's muscular portfolio, there was arguably just one thing missing: a seven seater with Hellcat power. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "710-HP 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Is Coming for One Year Only," 2 July 2020 So far this week, Thompson has arguably been the event’s brightest star. oregonlive, "Ty Thompson, Oregon Ducks quarterback commit, earns ‘Alpha Dog’ award on Day 2 of Elite 11 camp," 1 July 2020 Fireworks are arguably the best part of Fourth of July. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Here's what's safe and not safe as you plan your July 4 weekend," 27 June 2020 The most egregious example was arguably the former Covington County sheriff, who paid gym fees for his deputies at a gym owned by his son-in-law and where his daughter works. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "AL.com reporter Connor Sheets wins SPJ award for series on sheriffs," 27 June 2020 Brady has six Super Bowl rings and is arguably the greatest quarterback the game has seen. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady's group workouts pose a risk for players throughout the NFL amid coronavirus spike," 26 June 2020 The trio of wide receivers that Dallas plans to run out on the field in 2020 is arguably the best three-deep group in the NFL. Dallas News, "ESPN ranks Cowboys’ roster as the sixth-most talented in the NFL," 25 June 2020 The Batmobile is arguably the most iconic vehicle in the history of entertainment. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Every evolution of the Batmobile explained (video)," 25 June 2020 This was arguably the whole point of Xbox acquiring the service (formerly known as Beam) in 2016: to keep Xbox users in a Microsoft ecosystem with a nifty, OS-level way to broadcast users' gameplay. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Microsoft is killing its game-streaming service, folding it into Facebook’s," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Arguably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arguably. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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