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[ahr-gyoo-uh-buh l] /ˈɑr gyu ə bəl/
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.
Origin of arguable
1605-15; argue + -able
Related forms
arguably, adverb
nonarguable, adjective
unarguable, adjective
unarguably, adverb Unabridged
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for arguable


capable of being disputed; doubtful
capable of being supported by argument; plausible
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Word Origin and History for arguable

1610s, from argue + -able.

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