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[ahr-gyoo-uh-buh l] /ˈɑr gyu ə bəl/
susceptible to debate, challenge, or doubt; questionable:
Whether this is the best plan of action or not is arguable.
susceptible to being supported by convincing or persuasive argument:
Admirers agree that it is arguable he is the finest pianist of his generation.
Origin of arguable
First recorded in 1605-15; argue + -able
Related forms
arguably, adverb
nonarguable, adjective
unarguable, adjective
unarguably, adverb Unabridged
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  • One does not argue, for there are certain things not arguable.


    Christopher Morley
  • But an aristocracy must be a minority, and it is arguable that the smaller it is the better.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Their consultation was brief; there was no arguable question of what must be done, only of how.

    World of the Drone Robert Abernathy
  • I dare say it's arguable—most things are here—but I won't argue it, or we shall be late for church.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • "Commission form of government" is a subject, but it is not arguable, for it gives you no hold either for affirming or denying.

    The Making of Arguments J. H. Gardiner
British Dictionary definitions for arguable


capable of being disputed; doubtful
capable of being supported by argument; plausible
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Word Origin and History for arguable

1610s, from argue + -able.

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