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 that's a good or bad trait is debatable, but I've tried to stay true to my own vision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And this is a much more debatable proposition.’
    • ‘As such, Kant's argument here is a compelling and, obviously, debatable one.’
    • ‘Well, I think that may be a debatable proposition.’
    • ‘Whether subsequent antibiotic treatment will benefit these patients is debatable.’
    • ‘Whether millions of record-buyers will share her selective amnesia is debatable.’
    • ‘The spiritual argument against the death penalty is equally as debatable as the one for it.’
    • ‘Whether the current centre is well placed or good value for money are still debatable points.’
    • ‘Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.’
    • ‘It is debatable whether it is even possible to do much more.’
    • ‘Whether you call it near is a somewhat debatable point.’
    • ‘"I think both incidents were highly debatable, " he said.’
    • ‘Whether such an increase in credit card use is a good thing is, of course, somewhat debatable.’
    • ‘Whether Scotland is keeping pace with these rapid changes is debatable.’
    • ‘In reading the commentary it seems that it could be debatable whether the levies issued during that period were legal.’
    • ‘It's still debatable whether the correct modern spelling is Lea or Lee, although the historic spelling is in fact Ley.’
    • ‘While they certainly helped raise funds, whether it was entertainment or not might be debatable.’
    • ‘Whether or not such a market can ever come into being sponsored by government is a debatable question.’
    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/