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.

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So until your favorite designer is available to rent on Loop and is being shipped to your door in a Loop Tote, that’s arguably the best way to consume more consciously—and always skip the plastic bag! Emily Farra, Vogue, "What Is All of This Packaging Doing to the Planet? These Companies Have a Few (Surprisingly Luxe) Ideas for Solving the Problem," 24 Apr. 2019 As the EU’s competition commissioner, Vestager is arguably the world’s most important tech regulator. Kelvin Chan, The Seattle Times, "EU’s antitrust cop lays groundwork for tougher scrutiny — and it may not bode well for U.S. tech giants," 27 Jan. 2019 One is heading out west through the Berkshire Mountains and leaf peeping along the 63-mile Mohawk Trail, New England’s original scenic drive (and arguably Massachusetts’s most picturesque). Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beautiful Places to See New England Fall Foliage This Year," 5 Oct. 2018 This hefe weissbier is a joint project of Bavaria’s Weihenstephaner, arguably the world’s oldest commercial brewery, and California’s stellar Sierra Nevada. Peter Rowe,, "The best beer in America is... well, it's not from San Diego County," 28 June 2018 Since ascending to the high court 30 years ago, Kennedy has been its pivotal figure, splitting his votes between its conservatives and liberals in a way that has made him arguably the court’s most influential justice. David G. Savage,, "Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire, giving Trump a chance to shift Supreme Court sharply right," 27 June 2018 School choice is seen by critics as the centerpiece of the movement to privatize America’s public education system, arguably the country’s most important civic institution. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "There is a movement to privatize public education in America. Here’s how far it is has gotten.," 23 June 2018 Realmuto has been the Marlins’ best performer, arguably the league’s best catcher, and should earn his first selection to the All-Star team. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "How on earth is this Marlins player getting snubbed by All-Star voters?," 20 June 2018 At the time of the journey, Einstein was arguably the world’s most famous scientist; his theory of relativity had been confirmed in 1919, and in 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contributions to theoretical physics. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Einstein’s Travel Diaries Reveal His Deeply Troubling Views on Race," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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