de·​bat·​able | \ di-ˈbā-tə-bəl How to pronounce debatable (audio) , dē- \

Definition of debatable

1 : claimed by more than one country debatable border territory
2a : open to dispute : questionable the debatable wisdom of his advice
b : open to debate
3 : capable of being debated

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debatably \ di-​ˈbā-​tə-​blē How to pronounce debatably (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of debatable in a Sentence

it's always debatable which college football team is really number one, since there's more than one ranking system the debatable wisdom of going back for another helping from the buffet
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First Known Use of debatable

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Debatable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of debatable

used to say that something may or may not be true or real


de·​bat·​able | \ di-ˈbā-tə-bəl How to pronounce debatable (audio) \

Kids Definition of debatable

: possible to question or argue about The wisdom of his advice is debatable.

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