Definition of arguable in English:



  • 1Able to be argued or asserted.

    with clause ‘it was arguable that the bank had no authority to honour the cheques’
    • ‘It is arguable that Mr Tamihere failed on probably all those counts in the end.’
    • ‘Once it is shown that there is an arguable case, this becomes a question to be determined by the court on the facts.’
    • ‘For even if that be so, he must in addition show that there is an arguable case for his having recourse to the funds in question.’
    • ‘Yet it is arguable that by exciting the imaginations of his audience old Leonardo helped broaden the future audience for the arts in general.’
    • ‘It is a question whether there is an arguable case that there was a breach of the rules of procedural fairness.’
    • ‘It is arguable that the price China paid in that loss has only now been paid off.’
    • ‘It is arguable that in relation to the failure of the Council to advise as to his right of appeal, because there was no proper review, the report was flawed.’
    • ‘However, it is arguable that Article 7 ought to be interpreted as placing some outer limits on judicial creativity.’
    • ‘It is arguable that as you were the one living in the house, you were the one who benefited from the improvements.’
    • ‘Still, it was arguable that Seth was the more important of the two to the Agency.’
    • ‘For the singer, it is arguable that success has come in spite of, rather than because of, her father.’
    • ‘It's arguable that he was the first singer from the folk music tradition to cross over into the mainstream.’
    • ‘We submit that each of the questions that we have identified is important and arguable.’
    • ‘Looking at the order nisi that I seek amended, whether I have an arguable case here is the question, is it not?’
    • ‘This court, nevertheless, decided that it was arguable that the interpreter could recover a reasonable fee for work done.’
    • ‘It's arguable that the artist's fierce protection of his private life has added to his mystique.’
    • ‘It is at least arguable that in some respects the modern chief political administrator has an easier time of it.’
    • ‘In this particular instance, it is arguable that these two principles are mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘It is arguable that this behaviour also justifies costs being awarded against him on a substantial indemnity basis.’
    • ‘It is arguable that 1984 is therefore the greatest of all dystopias.’
    tenable, maintainable, assertable, defendable, defensible, supportable, sustainable, able to hold water
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  • 2Open to disagreement; not obviously correct.

    ‘a highly arguable assumption’
    • ‘I want to read more paragraphs that expand on that sort of critical response, not several hundred words of a highly arguable and at least somewhat mistaken compact history of alternative comics.’
    • ‘I will readily grant that this is an arguable question, but that's just the point.’
    • ‘Obviously some of these are arguable statistics, but they're none the less troubling.’
    • ‘Furthermore it's a highly arguable claim both for its inclusions and omissions.’
    debatable, disputable, questionable, open to question, controversial, contentious, open to debate, doubtful, open to doubt, dubious, uncertain, unsure, moot
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