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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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.
What IS debatable is who we want as the VP, Chief of Staff, NSA, and other vital positions that will augment her admitted lack of experience.
Abruptly provoked by his own limitations, angry, too, with his erratic mental departure from the realm of reason into the realm of fantasy -- for so he called the debatable land over which intuition held sway -- Artois hounded out his mood and turned upon himself.
* What’s not debatable is that this process highlighted — and worsened — the virtually complete powerlessness of the Left and progressives generally in Washington.
What’s debatable is how hard Obama tried, because it’s hard to do counterfactuals and what ifs.
What’s debatable is given the small size of the far left, how many are just rageaholic douchebags and get off on insulting people and how many aren’t, but just have far left goals.
Saying that Europe’s economy becoming superior to the U.S., then, while debatable, is not “staggeringly off the mark.”
No he isn't, this whole post is about playing semantics, but the point is accurate and not debatable, which is why Hillary's campaign isn't debating the ad on the core argument.