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arguable

[ahr-gyoo-uh-buh l] /ˈɑr gyu ə bəl/
adjective
1.
susceptible to debate, challenge, or doubt; questionable:
Whether this is the best plan of action or not is arguable.
2.
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
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; argue + -able
Related forms
arguably, adverb
nonarguable, adjective
unarguable, adjective
unarguably, adverb
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  • One does not argue, for there are certain things not arguable.

    Pipefuls

    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

arguable

/ˈɑːɡjʊəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being disputed; doubtful
2.
capable of being supported by argument; plausible
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Word Origin and History for arguable
adj.

1610s, from argue + -able.

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