from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Liable to be debated; disputable; subject to controversy or contention; open to question or dispute.
  • adjective a tract of land between the Esk and the Sark, claimed by both England and Scotland; the Batable Ground.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective open to argument or debate
  • adjective capable of being disproved
  • adjective open to doubt or debate


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