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

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Related Words for debatable

questionable, uncertain, problematic, dubious, doubtful, arguable, moot, borderline, chancy, disputable, iffy, problematical, undecided, unsettled, contestable

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Historical Examples of debatable

  • In the debatable class there ought to be a definition of all disputed matters.

  • Then Socrates: The question would seem at any rate to be debatable.

  • 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.


    Edgar Wallace

  • My hotel stands in the debatable land between the two districts.


    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for debatable



  1. open to question; disputable
  2. 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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