- 1A formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.More example sentences
- Watt committed himself to holding more public debates and discussions separate from council meetings.
- In those circumstances the House does not need to hold an urgent debate on the matter today.
- Not one public meeting or debate has been organised by the council.
- 1.1An argument about a particular subject, especially one in which many people are involved: the national debate on abortion there has been much debate about pricesMore example sentences
- The debate on this subject will go on as long as the human race exists, so all I can do is raise a few points on the subject.
- This aspect of the debate has been the subject of much political and academic disagreement.
- I wouldn't normally involve myself in debates or arguments about who should be American president.
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- 1Argue about (a subject), especially in a formal manner: the board debated his proposal the date when people first entered America is hotly debatedMore example sentences
- The issue of the bridge came up again, for the second month in a row, and again the topic was hotly debated.
- But when it came to the price of salt, the commissioners spent many hours debating the subject.
- Further rioting followed and the subject was debated in the Reichstag.
- 1.1 [with clause] Consider a possible course of action in one’s mind before reaching a decision: he debated whether he should leave the matter alone or speak to herMore example sentences
- I can see she is debating whether or not to tell me the truth.
- Sandra paused for a moment and debated in her mind as to whether she should go or not.
- Christine looked at Jacquin, she was debating in her mind if she should talk to him or not.
be open to debate
- Be unproven; require further discussion.More example sentences
- Furthermore, the true value of those benefits is open to debate.
- Just how much Yorkshire will benefit from his return is open to debate as the player is contracted to England.
- How well specific juries expressed the people's will was open to debate.
- Being discussed or disputed.More example sentences
- One of the key policy discussions currently under debate is research on embryonic stem-cells.
- Fisher's theory is just one of several hypotheses under debate today.
- There's a controversial proposal under debate in New York City now that would give non-citizens a protected privilege of American citizenship, the right to vote.
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- If more and more see themselves as advocates rather than as generators and debaters of ideas, then it's a different society
- The topic this week is how the Fourth Amendment should apply to searches of computer hard drives, and the debaters are Professor Brenner and myself.
- But surprisingly, on one key issue, the debaters found common cause.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin dis- (expressing reversal) + battere 'to fight'.