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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Hartford’s financial and economic instability over the years have birthed arguably the most dysfunctional commercial property-tax structure this state has seen in the last half-century. Greg Bordonaro,, "Hartford’s stifling property taxes make it difficult for businesses to prosper — and remain in the city," 7 July 2019 In addition, the Clippers traded for six-time All-Star Paul George, completing what are arguably two of the biggest moves in franchise history overnight. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "What experts are saying about Kawhi Leonard, Paul George joining the Los Angeles Clippers," 6 July 2019 And now, Senator Kamala Harris is in the middle of arguably the biggest moment of the campaign so far after a standout performance at the first set of Democratic debates rocketed her into the top tier of polling. Liz Goodwin,, "One viral moment can set a 2020 candidate apart — but they’re hard to come by," 6 July 2019 Presti put aside those emotions and executed a deal for a huge haul of assets that arguably exceeded the New Orleans Pelicans’ return for Davis. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Winners and losers from the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George bombshell," 6 July 2019 Also, the search function—arguably the most important feature in an app loaded with disparate bits of text and photos—has gotten much better. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Look Forward to in MacOS Catalina," 6 July 2019 Barrett was overshadowed by Williamson when the two were both Blue Devils, but his game — which is grounded with international experience playing for Canada's national team — is arguably more polished. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson headlines another fascinating year at NBA summer league in Las Vegas," 5 July 2019 The two things Durr did better than nearly anyone else in the ACC, and arguably the NCAA, were scoring and passing. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball mailbag: How will the Cards fare without Asia Durr?," 5 July 2019 Later on in life, when my pickiness had faded, another arguably even more problematic eating issue arrived: I was introduced to diet culture. SELF, "I'm an R.D. Who Lets Her Kid Eat Dessert Before Veggies. Before You Judge Me, Hear Me Out," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of arguably

1871, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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