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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Controversial. Not fully proved, open to debate, sometimes used humorously.
  • adj. Of a person, argumentative.
  • adj. A fitting subject for debate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Liable to be debated; disputable; subject to controversy or contention; open to question or dispute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Admitting of debate or argument; disputable; subject to controversy or contention; questionable: as, a debatable question; debatable claims.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. open to argument or debate
  • adj. capable of being disproved
  • adj. open to doubt or debate

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