- open to question; in dispute; doubtful: Whether or not he is qualified for the job is debatable.
- capable of being debated.
Origin of debatable
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Examples from the Web for debatable
Though this too is debatable given that 25,000 to 40,000 people a year die of influenza—the vast majority of them unvaccinated.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers
January 1, 2015
Some people may have thought that was worth the trade off; That's a debatable point.Rand Paul Beats Ted Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’
Tim Mak, Olivia Nuzzi
November 19, 2014
Whether he would actually want to pay for the changes he calls for is debatable.The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie
August 8, 2014
Whether history will repeat itself in that regard is debatable.Dallas’s Bishop Arts District Brings European Flavor To The Texas Heartland
July 10, 2014
Whether these observations actually meant anything substantial is debatable.Turns Out, a Video of Bison Purportedly Fleeing Yellowstone Is a Hoax
April 8, 2014
In the debatable class there ought to be a definition of all disputed matters.Phaedrus
Then Socrates: The question would seem at any rate to be debatable.The Symposium
And the love-part of it seemed to him fixed: it didn't occur to him that that was debatable.
Now, it was singularly unfortunate that the question was ever debatable.Bones
My hotel stands in the debatable land between the two districts.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
- open to question; disputable
- law in dispute, as land or territory to which two parties lay claim
Word Origin and History for debatable
1530s (late 15c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French debatable (Modern French débattable), from debatre (see debate (v.)). Earliest references were to lands claimed by two nations; general sense is from 1580s.