Definition of disputable in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪspjʊtəb(ə)l//dɪˈspjuːtəb(ə)l/


  • Not established as a fact, and so open to question or debate.

    ‘whether it can be described as art criticism may be disputable’
    • ‘Whether Spurs would have deserved it is disputable.’
    • ‘There was more disputable officiating in yesterday's midday clash at Headingley where Leeds benefited to the tune of 41-18.’
    • ‘It took nearly an hour and several dead ends to find what they assumed was the bridge, only to decide that fact was disputable.’
    • ‘The official line, even as Britain completes an act of remembrance for the Holocaust, the worst genocide of them all, is that all issues are disputable.’
    • ‘As was said earlier today by Justice McHugh in another matter, and has often been said by this Court, such questions of statutory construction are inherently disputable.’
    • ‘The result of any fruitful worldview is a firm, self-confident life order that is perceived as necessary, as a reality, about which there is nothing uncertain or disputable.’
    • ‘‘It's not disputable,’ says Fund of the Wall Street Journal.’
    • ‘Though this seems at first barely disputable, it quickly gives rise to difficult questions; in particular, since the thinker's reasons will be further beliefs, we can ask whether these beliefs are themselves justified.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, by rejecting these premises, the Stoics often committed themselves to highly disputable contentions.’
    • ‘A Marine shoots a wounded man under disputable circumstances.’
    • ‘I think the will of the people should have precedence over disputable interpretations of the court.’
    • ‘I mean, there is something so dreadfully solid about it, and, obviously, disputable.’
    • ‘Much of this is eminently disputable, yet the result is constructive stimulation rather than mere provocation.’
    • ‘The Nazi regime provides the least disputable historical example of totalitarian excess.’
    • ‘For the second time in as many games, goals which should have stood were disallowed thanks to some disputable refereeing.’
    • ‘Any determination of disputable fact may, the law recognises, be imperfect: the law aims at providing the best and safest solutions compatible with human fallibility and having reached that solution it closes the book.’
    • ‘In fact, the absence of such oligarchic groups in Belarus is a disputable question.’
    • ‘This assertion is certainly legally disputable at the very least, and Burnside should know it.’
    • ‘Most disputable in its battle against the government is its formal criticism of the identity of the Roh administration.’
    • ‘Neither is disputable, but each represents a completely different issue, and therefore each requires a different remedy.’
    debatable, open to debate, open to discussion, arguable, contestable, moot, open to question, questionable, doubtful, dubious
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Late 15th century: from Latin disputabilis, from the verb disputare ‘to estimate’, later ‘to dispute’ (see dispute).