Definition of debatable in US English:

debatable

adjective

  • 1Open to discussion or argument.

    ‘it is debatable whether the country is coming out of recession’
    • ‘Whether such an increase in credit card use is a good thing is, of course, somewhat debatable.’
    • ‘The spiritual argument against the death penalty is equally as debatable as the one for it.’
    • ‘It's debatable whether any animal is actually self aware enough to know the difference between life and death.’
    • ‘"I think both incidents were highly debatable, " he said.’
    • ‘Whether or not such a market can ever come into being sponsored by government is a debatable question.’
    • ‘While they certainly helped raise funds, whether it was entertainment or not might be debatable.’
    • ‘Whether millions of record-buyers will share her selective amnesia is debatable.’
    • ‘Whether subsequent antibiotic treatment will benefit these patients is debatable.’
    • ‘As such, Kant's argument here is a compelling and, obviously, debatable one.’
    • ‘Whether Scotland is keeping pace with these rapid changes is debatable.’
    • ‘It's still debatable whether the correct modern spelling is Lea or Lee, although the historic spelling is in fact Ley.’
    • ‘And this is a much more debatable proposition.’
    • ‘It is debatable whether it is even possible to do much more.’
    • ‘Industry revenue from music sales is certainly down, but whether the internet is entirely to blame is debatable.’
    • ‘Whether the current centre is well placed or good value for money are still debatable points.’
    • ‘In reading the commentary it seems that it could be debatable whether the levies issued during that period were legal.’
    • ‘Well, I think that may be a debatable proposition.’
    • ‘Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.’
    • ‘Whether you call it near is a somewhat debatable point.’
    • ‘Whether that's a good or bad trait is debatable, but I've tried to stay true to my own vision.’
    arguable, disputable, questionable, open to question, open to debate, subject to debate, controversial, contentious, doubtful, open to doubt, in doubt, dubious, uncertain, unsure, unclear, vague, borderline, inconclusive, moot, unsettled, unresolved, unconfirmed, undetermined, undecided, unknown, up in the air, not yet established
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    1. 1.1historical (of land) on the border between two countries and claimed by each.
      • ‘That wide and steep slope of debatable land between the water and the houses.’

Pronunciation

debatable

/dəˈbeɪdəb(ə)l//dəˈbādəb(ə)l/