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debatable Syllabification: de·bat·a·ble
Pronunciation: /dəˈbādəb(ə)l/

Definition of debatable in English:


1Open to discussion or argument: it is debatable whether the country is coming out of recession
More example sentences
  • In reading the commentary it seems that it could be debatable whether the levies issued during that period were legal.
  • The spiritual argument against the death penalty is equally as debatable as the one for it.
  • As such, Kant's argument here is a compelling and, obviously, debatable one.
1.1 historical (Of land) on the border between two countries and claimed by each.
Example sentences
  • That wide and steep slope of debatable land between the water and the houses.


Example sentences
  • ‘Well-endowed’ bookshops may debatably be, but they're no substitute for libraries which give free access to a wide range of books.
  • Also to be discussed will be lifting the freeze on university tuition and nationalizing Quebec's water resources, debatably more important issues than teenage fashion.
  • This passage is effective, if only because it employs a debatably relevant, historical analogy.
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