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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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Examples from the web for arguable
  • It's arguable whether pumpkin even makes the best kind of filling for a pumpkin pie.
  • The opinion need not be subtle or original, as long as it is arguable.
  • Whether anyone who knows any history could be so mistaken is arguable.
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  • Actually, there are all sorts of arguable reasons to restrict peoples' right to vote.
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  • The only thing that carries weight with such swing voters, they decided-in another arguable proposition-is cutting spending.
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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