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

Recent Examples on the Web Suction feeding is also a staple among certain marine mammals, such as whales and and seals, and, arguably, all animals that suckle from their mother after birth. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Today, the towering architect’s work is arguably more popular than during his lifetime. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 31 May 2021 Candace Parker joining the Chicago Sky was arguably the biggest free agency move in the WNBA going into its 25th season. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 31 May 2021 Gretzky, 60, spent 20 years in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, and is arguably the most-dominant player in league history. oregonlive, 28 May 2021 Hundreds of meditation apps promise to deliver peace in the palm of your hand, and Headspace is arguably the best. New York Times, 28 May 2021 The culmination of those accolades came Wednesday when he was given what is arguably the most prestigious sports award in the country — the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2021 Johnson is arguably the top athlete in this draft after earning a spot on the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. Matt Goul, cleveland, 26 May 2021 That arguably could be the case with Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Milwaukee’s bench hardly made a statement in Game 1. Ira Winderman,, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Arguably.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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