View synonyms for arguable


[ ahr-gyoo-uh-buhl ]


  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.


/ ˈɑːɡjʊəbəl /


  1. capable of being disputed; doubtful
  2. capable of being supported by argument; plausible
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  • non·argu·a·ble adjective
  • un·argu·a·ble adjective
  • un·argu·a·bly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of arguable1

First recorded in 1605–15; argue + -able
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Example Sentences

Even the one arguable win in the Gulf War is inconclusive in a lot of people’s minds.

From Time

It’s tough to imagine any of our more recent first ladies, with the arguable exception of Michelle Obama, pulling that off.

It’s arguable even now that the legacy of Harry Potter is larger than any single thing Rowling can do to diminish it.

From Vox

In fact, it’s arguable that big growth numbers like subscriptions and sales will be less of a priority for the club — at least initially.

From Digiday

Although it’s arguable whether targeted advertising shifts the way people vote, it has proved extremely useful in harvesting other contact information, like email addresses, and in raising money.

Whether or not one likes the music of Garth Brooks, it is arguable that he is the last and only populist in pop culture.

Some (many) critics would argue that that is seven campy, poorly made, arguable offensive films too many.

Youth, beauty, apparent vigour and even the most arguable personal virtues may be sanctified by a sudden and violent death.

Where would a justice be more likely than in Israel to run across an arguable precept.

It is arguable, and I would do so, that without her we would have been denied the glory of Les Fleurs du Mal.

It is further arguable that its use points to a time when the death of the king was recent.

The right of the State to refuse divorce in the case of the insanity of a party to a marriage seems hardly arguable.

How much he owed to Rubens, and how much Rubens162 owed to him in painting is a matter that is arguable.

It is arguable that the ornamental soldier is suited by glossy buttons and may properly lavish time and trouble thereupon.

It is not arguable that glossy buttons are a valid feature of the garb of a humdrum and harassed hospital orderly.


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