Arguable



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.
Contemporary Examples

With the arguable exception of Volver, every movie he has released in the last decade has been stale and predictable.
Is Pedro Almodóvar a Fraud? Constantino Diaz-Duran January 13, 2010

Some (many) critics would argue that that is seven campy, poorly made, arguable offensive films too many.
Hey! Some People Liked Grown Ups 2: Critics Defend The Razzie Nominations Amy Zimmerman January 14, 2014

So a quick joke in arguable taste seemed the only corrective measure at hand.
How Barack Knocked the Satire Out of Me Christopher Buckley November 4, 2008

Whether or not one likes the music of Garth Brooks, it is arguable that he is the last and only populist in pop culture.
I’m Not Country or Pop. I’m Just Pure Garth Brooks. David Masciotra September 9, 2014

It is arguable, and I would do so, that without her we would have been denied the glory of Les Fleurs du Mal.
Baudelaire’s Femme Fatale Muse James MacManus May 6, 2013

Historical Examples

Make three arguable propositions on the subject, “Entrance examinations for college.”
The Making of Arguments J. H. Gardiner

One does not argue, for there are certain things not arguable.
Pipefuls Christopher Morley

He became sensible, arguable, uncertain, submitting himself to the balances of reason and expediency like the rest of us.
Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson

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

How much he owed to Rubens, and how much Rubens162 owed to him in painting is a matter that is arguable.
Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies

adjective
capable of being disputed; doubtful
capable of being supported by argument; plausible
adj.

1610s, from argue + -able.

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    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. Contemporary Examples BioShock Infinite is more ambitious and arguably takes bigger risks with […]

  • Argue

    to present reasons for or against a thing: He argued in favor of capital punishment. to contend in oral disagreement; dispute: The senator argued with the president about the new tax bill. to state the reasons for or against: The lawyers argued the case. to maintain in reasoning: to argue that the news report must […]



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    Alcides [ahl-see-th es] /ɑlˈsi ðɛs/ (Show IPA), 1879–1946, Bolivian author, sociologist, and statesman.

  • Arguendo

    adverb in the course of an argument Examples It may be assumed, arguendo, that Complainant’s domain name and the disputed domain name are confusingly similar. Word Origin Latin ‘for the sake of argument’ “in the course of argument,” 1817, courtroom Latin, from Medieval Latin ablative of arguendum, gerundive of arguere “to argue” (see argue).



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