Definition of debatable in English:



  • 1Open to discussion or argument.

    ‘it is debatable whether the country is coming out of recession’
    • ‘It's still debatable whether the correct modern spelling is Lea or Lee, although the historic spelling is in fact Ley.’
    • ‘The spiritual argument against the death penalty is equally as debatable as the one for it.’
    • ‘Whether you call it near is a somewhat debatable point.’
    • ‘Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.’
    • ‘Whether or not such a market can ever come into being sponsored by government is a debatable question.’
    • ‘As such, Kant's argument here is a compelling and, obviously, debatable one.’
    • ‘While they certainly helped raise funds, whether it was entertainment or not might be debatable.’
    • ‘And this is a much more debatable proposition.’
    • ‘Industry revenue from music sales is certainly down, but whether the internet is entirely to blame is debatable.’
    • ‘It's debatable whether any animal is actually self aware enough to know the difference between life and death.’
    • ‘It is debatable whether it is even possible to do much more.’
    • ‘Whether Scotland is keeping pace with these rapid changes is debatable.’
    • ‘Whether millions of record-buyers will share her selective amnesia is debatable.’
    • ‘Well, I think that may be a debatable proposition.’
    • ‘Whether subsequent antibiotic treatment will benefit these patients is debatable.’
    • ‘"I think both incidents were highly debatable, " he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whether such an increase in credit card use is a good thing is, of course, somewhat debatable.’
    • ‘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
    problematical, puzzling, perplexing, riddling
    a controversial subject, a live issue, a moot point, a matter of opinion
    iffy, on the back burner, on ice
    controvertible, unestablished
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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.’