[ dih-bey-tuh-buhl ]
/ dɪˈbeɪ tə bəl /


open to question; in dispute; doubtful: Whether or not he is qualified for the job is debatable.
capable of being debated.

Nearby words

  1. debar,
  2. debark,
  3. debarkation,
  4. debase,
  5. debasement,
  6. debate,
  7. debater,
  8. debauch,
  9. debauched,
  10. debauchee

Origin of debatable

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French. See debate, -able

Related formsnon·de·bat·a·ble, adjectiveun·de·bat·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for debatable



/ (dɪˈbeɪtəbəl) /


open to question; disputable
law in dispute, as land or territory to which two parties lay claim
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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.

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