Definition of debating point in US English:

debating point


  • An extraneous proposition or inessential piece of information used to gain advantage in a debate.

    • ‘Accusing anyone who points to European models of wanting ‘privatisation’ might score some cheap debating points, but it's nonsense.’
    • ‘These are not dry statistics or theoretical debating points.’
    • ‘Since changes in the rights of a defendant to trial by jury could only by authorised by Parliament this proposal is more a debating point than a practical suggestion.’
    • ‘The idea is to foster discussion among colleagues with different points of view - not to win debating points with clever put-downs.’
    • ‘Grow up, you are no longer playing student politics and scoring debating points; go and talk to some real people and offer a real alternative.’


debating point