Definition of disputable in English:


Line breaks: dis|put¦able
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspjuːtəb(ə)l
, ˈdɪspjʊtəb(ə)l


Not established as a fact, and so open to question or debate: whether it can be described as art criticism may be disputable
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  • Any determination of disputable fact may, the law recognises, be imperfect: the law aims at providing the best and safest solutions compatible with human fallibility and having reached that solution it closes the book.
  • In fact, the absence of such oligarchic groups in Belarus is a disputable question.
  • It took nearly an hour and several dead ends to find what they assumed was the bridge, only to decide that fact was disputable.
debatable, open to debate, open to discussion, arguable, contestable, moot, open to question, questionable, doubtful, dubious;
informal iffy
British informal dodgy


late 15th century: from Latin disputabilis, from the verb disputare 'to estimate', later 'to dispute' (see dispute).



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  • The reliability of such estimates is still a matter of discussion and for that reason we preferred to use equally weighted independent varieties above disputably weighted and correlated varieties.
  • The Red Cross is, disputably, the most widely recognized charitable organization in the world.
  • Earliest known drawings of scabies were made by Giovan Cosimo Bonomo in 1687, who collaborated with Diacinto Cestoni and is disputably the discoverer of the scabies mite.

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