ar·gu·ably | \ ˈär-gyü-(ə-)blē \

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.

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Lovren’s chief assignment will be arguably the most daunting one in soccer today – to stop Kylian Mbappe. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How the World Cup final between France and Croatia will be won," 13 July 2018 Then there’s Snoop Dogg, who was arguably the most famous rapper in music following his smash 1993 debut Doggy Style. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 While New York is traditionally a mecca of sorts for basketball, the city has not produced much NBA talent in recent years; Walker is arguably the most accomplished New York native currently playing in the league. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why All-Star Kemba Walker’s New York ties should worry Charlotte Hornets," 13 July 2018 Among the position players in the upper rungs of the Padres farm system, his growth over the last two years is arguably unmatched. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres' Franmil Reyes savoring teachable moments," 13 July 2018 Steve Lift is charismatic, passionate, arguably brilliant. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 The man who is arguably France’s most important player is N’Golo Kante. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 Absent tariffs, the U.S. arguably would not have grown into an industrial powerhouse in the 1800s. WSJ, "Tariffs Helped the U.S. Economy Find Its Legs," 13 July 2018 Snell, arguably the biggest snub when the original all-star rosters were announced Sunday night, is 12-5 with a 2.27 ERA. Stephen Ruiz,, "Zack Greinke added to NL all-star roster while Corey Kluber won't pitch for AL," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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