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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|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some people may have thought that was worth the trade off; That's a debatable point.
Whether he would actually want to pay for the changes he calls for is debatable.
Whether history will repeat itself in that regard is debatable.Dallas’s Bishop Arts District Brings European Flavor To The Texas Heartland|Pete Freedman|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whether these observations actually meant anything substantial is debatable.Turns Out, a Video of Bison Purportedly Fleeing Yellowstone Is a Hoax|Timothy Lesle|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chinese, Japanese and Malays have traded and warred and treated on the debatable land of Formosa.Influences of Geographic Environment|Ellen Churchill Semple
It is a debatable question as to whether the parents or the children figuring in this “Miscellany” were the more artificial.Forgotten Books of the American Nursery|Rosalie V. Halsey
There was no middle or debatable ground, which it could with safety be suffered to occupy.
With the subjugation of Canada, the granting of lands in the debatable ground was resumed.Vermont|Rowland E. Robinson
Four days since Baron Gaston went upon the debatable land to lay a hound; with him only Gaspar, the huntsman.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
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.