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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Lastly, in what is arguably the most difficult approach, first-timers can secure a bib by achieving a qualifying time for your age group and gender in either the half- or full-marathon distance. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018 But as loud as Dr. Ford's detractors have been, her allies have arguably been louder. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Katie Hill Joins Women Everywhere Using #WeBelieveChristine as a Rallying Cry," 21 Sep. 2018 But the triumph of Mrs. Maisel—a show about a 1950s housewife turned breakout standup comic doing it for herself—in the year of #MeToo was arguably more of a sign of the times than anything else during the awards. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "An Onstage Marriage Proposal, Mrs. Maisel Sends a Message, and More Takeaways From the 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Fans are just as important, arguably even more, and their interest in the sport globally is the most significant factor in sustaining football at the highest level., "Increasing the Amount of Teams at the World Cup Is a Great Idea, Even if the Quality Will Diminish," 2 July 2018 What looks like punishing China ultimately punishes the United States at least as much, and arguably more. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Why the US-China ‘Trade War’ Remains a War of Words," 30 May 2018 Look, Pompeo knows arguably more about this than anybody else. Fox News, "Trump administration continues North Korea negotiations," 26 May 2018 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

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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