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ar·gu·a·ble

 (är′gyo͞o-ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Open to argument: an arguable question, still unresolved.
2. Capable of being argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law.

ar′gu·a·bly adv.

arguable

(ˈɑːɡjʊəbəl)
adj
1. capable of being disputed; doubtful
2. capable of being supported by argument; plausible

ar•gu•a•ble

(ˈɑr gyu ə bəl)

adj.
1. susceptible to debate, challenge, or doubt; questionable: It's arguable whether this is the best plan.
2. susceptible to being supported by convincing or persuasive argument; conceivable; possible: It is arguable that Einstein was the greatest scientist of his time.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arguable - capable of being supported by argument
plausible - apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful; "a plausible excuse"
2.arguable - open to argument or debatearguable - open to argument or debate; "that is a moot question"
controversial - marked by or capable of arousing controversy; "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial"; "Rushdie's controversial book"; "a controversial decision on affirmative action"

arguable

adjective
1. tenable, reasonable, rational, viable, plausible, believable, justifiable, defensible, defendable, maintainable It was arguable that this was not as grave as it might seem.
2. questionable, controversial, uncertain, suspicious, doubtful, suspect, dubious, dodgy (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. informal), unreliable, debatable, paradoxical, unproven, fishy (informal), moot, iffy (informal), equivocal, problematical, disputable, controvertible, dubitable It is arguable whether he ever had much control.

arguable

adjective
Translations
قابِل لِلجِدَل والنِّقاش
obhajitelný
diskutabel
kiistanalainenperusteltavissa
umdeilanlegur
tartışılabilir

arguable

[ˈɑːgjʊəbl] ADJdiscutible
it is arguable whetherno está probado que ...
it is arguable thatse puede decir que ...

arguable

[ˈɑːrgjuəbəl] adjdiscutable, contestable
it is arguable whether ... → on peut se demander si ...
it is arguable that ... → on peut soutenir que ...

arguable

adj
(= capable of being maintained)vertretbar; it is arguable that …es lässt sich der Standpunkt vertreten, dass …, man kann behaupten, dass …
(= open to discussion) it is arguable whether …es ist (noch) die Frage, ob …

arguable

[ˈɑːgjʊəbl] adj (rather doubtful) → discutibile; (capable of being argued for) it is arguable that ... → si può sostenere che...
it is arguable whether ... → è una cosa discutibile se... +sub

argue

(ˈaːgjuː) verb
1. (with with someone, about something) to quarrel with (a person) or discuss (something) with a person in a not very friendly way. I'm not going to argue; Will you children stop arguing with each other about whose toy that is!
2. (with for, ~against) to suggest reasons for or for not doing something. I argued for/against accepting the plan.
3. (with into, ~out of) to persuade (a person) (not) to do something. I'll try to argue him into going; He argued her out of buying the dress.
4. to discuss, giving one's reasoning. She argued the point very cleverly.
ˈarguable adjective
able to be put forward in argument. It is arguable that he would have been better to go.
ˈargument noun
1. a quarrel or unfriendly discussion. They are having an argument about/over whose turn it is.
2. a set of reasons; a piece of reasoning. The argument for/against going; a philosophical argument.
ˌarguˈmentative (-ˈmentətiv) adjective
fond of arguing.
References in classic literature ?
Valentin is an honest man, if being mad for an arguable cause is honesty.
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In a ruling delivered yesterday, High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany said Ojienda has established that he has an arguable case and also proved that he will suffer prejudice if the order isn't granted.
Higginbottom maintained his innocence and during the November hearing a Court of Appeal panel, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, ruled that he had an "arguable" case that the convictions should be quashed.
Mr Justice Supperstone, sitting in London, said on Thursday that it was "arguable" on several grounds that the search warrant was obtained unlawfully and ruled there must be a full court hearing of the issues.
While it's arguable that their performances are not quite Oscar-caliber, the lead players in "The Boy" nonetheless merit kudos of some sort simply for maintaining straight faces while muddling through the absurdities of this tepid horror opus.
Mr Justice Ouseley will have to decide whether or not the soldiers have "an arguable case" to go to a full hearing.
But yesterday, a top judge at London's Civil Appeal Court said it was "realistically arguable" that Mr Luxton should have emerged the victor.
"We entirely agree that there is no arguable ground of appeal against sentence."
"We are not persuaded that there is an arguable case to show that the convictions are unsafe or that there are good grounds for granting the lengthy extension of time that he seeks.
The source added that even though it's arguable that Williams was the main aggressor on the set, Holmes is over all that now and she's much more confident and stronger as a person and will let bygones be bygones.