debatable

adjective
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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Other Words from debatable

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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25 Feb 2020

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“Debatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/debatable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=debata01. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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debatable

adjective
How to pronounce debatable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of debatable

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

debatable

adjective
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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