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Definition of "debatable" []

  • Being such that formal argument or discussion is possible. (adjective)
  • Open to dispute; questionable. (adjective)
  • In dispute, as land or territory claimed by more than one country. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "debatable" in a sentence
  • "Here we have a court ruling relying on a debatable interpretation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The reason I say "debatable" is that for two other different cases the court has interpreted the same article in exactly the opposite sense."
  • "That they see such norms as so ‘obvious’ and non-debatable is the epitomy of colonial arrogance."
  • "The status of Massachusetts health care, while debatable, is irrelevant to another in a long list of episodes where Crazy Shelly has simply lied."