[ahr-gyoo-uh-buh l]


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 formsar·gu·a·bly, adverbnon·ar·gu·a·ble, adjectiveun·ar·gu·a·ble, adjectiveun·ar·gu·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arguable

Contemporary Examples of arguable

Historical Examples of arguable

  • 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.

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

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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