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's arguable that he was the first singer from the folk music tradition to cross over into the mainstream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, it was arguable that Seth was the more important of the two to the Agency.’
    • ‘Yet it is arguable that by exciting the imaginations of his audience old Leonardo helped broaden the future audience for the arts in general.’
    • ‘We submit that each of the questions that we have identified is important and arguable.’
    • ‘It is a question whether there is an arguable case that there was a breach of the rules of procedural fairness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's arguable that the artist's fierce protection of his private life has added to his mystique.’
    • ‘For the singer, it is arguable that success has come in spite of, rather than because of, her father.’
    • ‘Once it is shown that there is an arguable case, this becomes a question to be determined by the court on the facts.’
    • ‘It is arguable that the price China paid in that loss has only now been paid off.’
    • ‘This court, nevertheless, decided that it was arguable that the interpreter could recover a reasonable fee for work done.’
    • ‘It is arguable that this behaviour also justifies costs being awarded against him on a substantial indemnity basis.’
    • ‘It is arguable that as you were the one living in the house, you were the one who benefited from the improvements.’
    • ‘It is arguable that Mr Tamihere failed on probably all those counts in the end.’
    • ‘Looking at the order nisi that I seek amended, whether I have an arguable case here is the question, is it not?’
    • ‘It is at least arguable that in some respects the modern chief political administrator has an easier time of it.’
    • ‘It is arguable that 1984 is therefore the greatest of all dystopias.’
    • ‘In this particular instance, it is arguable that these two principles are mutually exclusive.’
    • ‘However, it is arguable that Article 7 ought to be interpreted as placing some outer limits on judicial creativity.’
    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’
    • ‘Obviously some of these are arguable statistics, but they're none the less troubling.’
    • ‘I will readily grant that this is an arguable question, but that's just the point.’
    • ‘Furthermore it's a highly arguable claim both for its inclusions and omissions.’
    • ‘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.’
    debatable, disputable, questionable, open to question, controversial, contentious, open to debate, doubtful, open to doubt, dubious, uncertain, unsure, moot
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