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arguable

[ahr-gyoo-uh-buh l] /ˈɑr gyu ə bəl/
adjective
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
1605-1615
1605-15; argue + -able
Related forms
arguably, adverb
nonarguable, adjective
unarguable, adjective
unarguably, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for arguably

arguably

/ˈɑːɡjʊəblɪ/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier) it can be argued that

arguable

/ˈɑːɡjʊəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being disputed; doubtful
2.
capable of being supported by argument; plausible
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Word Origin and History for arguably
adv.

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

arguable

adj.

1610s, from argue + -able.

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