debatable

adjective de·bat·able \ di-ˈbā-tə-bəl , dē- \

Definition of debatable

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

debatably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of debatable in a Sentence

  1. it's always debatable which college football team is really number one, since there's more than one ranking system

  2. the debatable wisdom of going back for another helping from the buffet

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First Known Use of debatable

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DEBATABLE Defined for English Language Learners

debatable

adjective

Definition of debatable for English Language Learners

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


DEBATABLE Defined for Kids

debatable

adjective de·bat·able \ di-ˈbā-tə-bəl \

Definition of debatable for Students

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


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