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debate

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of debate

  1. 1 a careful weighing of the reasons for or against something after much debate, I decided to get the chocolate ice cream Synonyms of debate account, advisement, consideration, deliberation, reflection, study, thoughtWords Related to debate cogitation, contemplation, meditation, pondering, rumination; introspection; agonizing, hesitation, indecision; premeditationAntonyms of debate short shrift

  2. 2 variance of opinion on a matter there was a great deal of debate over the need for cutting costs by eliminating some programs Synonyms of debate contestation, controversy, disagreement, difference, difficulty, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), dissensus, firestorm, nonconcurrenceWords Related to debate clash, collision, conflict, confliction, disaccord, discord, dissonance; apartness, divarication, division; combat, contention, strife, struggle; altercation, argument, bicker, falling-out, fight, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, set-toNear Antonyms of debate acceptance, compliance; concord, peaceAntonyms of debate accord, agreement, consensus, harmony, unanimity

  3. 3 an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue there was no debate over the expenditures before the vote Synonyms of debate argument, argumentation, argy-bargy [chiefly British], back-and-forth, colloquy, confab, confabulation, conference, consult, consultation, council, counsel, discussion, deliberation, dialogue (also dialog), give-and-take, palaver, parley, talkWords Related to debate bull session, chat room, forum, meeting, powwow, roundtable, seminar, skull session (also skull practice), symposium, talkathon; chat, conversation, rap, words; discourse, disquisition; bargaining, consultancy, negotiation, pourparler


debate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of debate

  1. 1 to give serious and careful thought to still debating what to do Synonyms of debate chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, ponder, deliberate, entertain, eye, kick around, meditate, mull (over), perpend, pore (over), question, revolve, ruminate, study, think (about or over), turn, weigh, wrestle (with)Words Related to debate muse (upon), reflect (on or upon), reminisce; analyze, explore, review; conclude, reason; second-guess, speculate (about); brood (about or over), dwell (on or upon), fixate (on or upon), fret (about or over), obsess (about or over); believe, conceive, opine; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in)Near Antonyms of debate disregard, ignore, overlook, slight; dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), reject

  2. 2 to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion we debated the advantages versus the disadvantages of the proposed waterfront development Synonyms of debate agitate, argue, bandy, bat (around or back and forth), canvass (also canvas), discuss, dispute, hash (over or out), moot, talk overWords Related to debate review, speak (about), talk (about); broach, introduce, propound, raise, stir up; forge, hammer out, talk out, thrash (out), wrestle (with); chew over, consider, deliberate, weigh

Synonym Discussion of debate

discuss, argue, debate mean to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince. discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con.
    • discussed the need for a new highway
argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held.
    • argued that the project would be too costly
debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties
    • debated the merits of the amendment
; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself.
    • I'm debating whether I should go


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