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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Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press New England, long anchored by arguably the greatest quarterback ever, have sustained their success with a roster largely devoid of stars other than Brady. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Super Bowl of Opposites," 25 Jan. 2019 With a price tag of more than $1 billion, the 4.9-million-square-foot shopping, office, condominium, and hotel project is arguably the most talked-about development in Miami. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 2018 Last — and arguably the most important — choose a safe word. Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Woman's Day, "6 Sex Conversations You Really Need to Have for a Successful Relationship," 27 Nov. 2018 The ire that swirled around Jeong was deeply intense, and arguably far more widespread than the anger directed at Gunn. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 That arguably left Israel with the legal right under the original British Mandate to claim sovereignty over the entire 22% of Palestine outside modern Jordan. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "The True-State Solution," 2 Jan. 2019 Bonet laid the groundwork for Giovanni Morgagni, who would go on to write arguably the first and most famous pathology textbook. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 The snapshot is sweet, but the caption is arguably even sweeter: Sending love and hugs to @kathielgifford ! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall Finally Speaks Out About Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving the ‘Today’ Show," 17 Dec. 2018 Coach is arguably the best character on the show in the first two seasons, maybe the most purely funny character on the show. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 2 decisions — and 1 happy accident — that made The Office a hit," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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