[ahr-gyoo-uh-buh l]
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  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.

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. 2018

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  1. incapable of being argued
  2. incontestable; indisputable
Derived Formsunarguably, adverb


  1. capable of being disputed; doubtful
  2. capable of being supported by argument; plausible
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Word Origin and History for unarguable



1610s, from argue + -able.

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