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

Other Words from debatable

debatably \ di-​ˈbā-​tə-​blē How to pronounce debatable (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
Recent Examples on the Web Whether a committee of central bankers, rather than a consensus of holders, would have made better decisions is debatable. Telis Demos, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Whether or not it's accomplished all of those goals is debatable. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Whether company practices actually changed in response is debatable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 9 May 2022 After their most recent defeat — a 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills — Lynn and his staff were ridiculed both locally and nationally because of numerous debatable issues with in-game decisions and clock management. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2020 How much success those election reforms have had in doing that is debatable. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Whether Russia has the wherewithal to swallow up such a large stretch of Ukrainian territory is debatable, especially in view of the enormous losses its military suffered in the battle for Kyiv. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 That’s debatable, according to the analysis by Legislative Research Services, a nonpartisan agency that responds to requests for information and analysis from individual legislators and legislative committees. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Feb. 2022 Poster Take home a piece of Central Perk with this 23-by-34-inch poster, which recalls the view through the windows at one of TV’s most famous coffee shops (eds note: that’s debatable). Brandt Ranj, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of debatable

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Debatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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