arguably

adverb

ar·​gu·​ably ˈär-gyü-(ə-)blē How to pronounce arguably (audio)
: 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 Indeed, the Fed, smarting from this criticism, arguably has kept interest rates high for longer than has been warranted. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Outside the United States, Jackson is arguably even more popular. Ed Christman, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 At a distance, Johnny arguably shares many similarities to the infamous Michael Myers character. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Since Disney acquired it in 2009, Marvel Studios has been a cash cow for the company, grossing $30 billion in 15 years, playing a big role in redefining the franchise movie and, arguably, rebuilding the bygone studio system of the 1930s. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 And the transfer also eclipsed Bill Gates’ recent $43 million purchase of an arguably more impressive house on the same strip of sand. James McClain, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 Swift is arguably the biggest star in music, fresh off winning the coveted Album of the Year award at the Grammys and announcing a surprise album, due in April. Aj Willingham, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 Boys high school basketball players to watch Haltom (Kuol Atak, Baron Smith) Haltom is led by Kuol Atak, who is arguably the best prospect in the Fort Worth-area. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Feb. 2024 India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. Margot Bigg, Travel + Leisure, 28 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arguably was in 1871

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“Arguably.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arguably. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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