Arguably



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 its story than nearly any other game on the market.
Nerdiness from Noah: BioShock Infinite Noah Kristula-Green April 12, 2013

However, compared to some nations, America has arguably had it very easy.
Britain is in No Position to Rule the Waves Noah Kristula-Green March 7, 2012

Leslie H. Gelb arguably has the most extensive “establishment” credentials of our time.
Can Foreign Policy Be Saved? Peter Osnos March 23, 2009

By winning the group, they snuck their way into what is arguably the weakest quarter of the draw.
World Cup Primer Joshua Robinson June 11, 2010

The CIA-trained SAVAK was arguably the most thuggish secret police in history, with almost limitless powers.
What I Saw at the Revolution Porochista Khakpour February 10, 2009

The Mosel region is arguably the most storied, least-understood wine region in the world.
Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started Jordan Salcito April 25, 2014

Now Frank, arguably the most influential living photographer, is about to mark another defining cultural moment.
Robert Frank’s America Philip Gefter September 16, 2009

Steve Jobs, arguably the greatest entrepreneur of our generation, had only a handful of truly brilliant ideas.
Who Are the Real Job Creators? Justin Green September 28, 2012

But she arguably did more than anyone to decode what was then the oldest written European language known to exist.
Who Actually Cracked Linear B, the Ancient Code of the Mysterious Knossos Labyrinth? Malcolm Jones May 16, 2013

Historical Examples

It seems that Mab was a stationer (arguably the publisher) and Harper the printer, not the author.
Hocus Pocus Junior: The Anatomie of Legerdemain Unknown

adverb
(sentence modifier) it can be argued that
adjective
capable of being disputed; doubtful
capable of being supported by argument; plausible
adv.

“as may be shown by argument,” 1890, from arguable + -ly (2).
adj.

1610s, from argue + -able.

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