public debate

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Noun1.public debate - the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
oral presentation, public speaking, speechmaking, speaking - delivering an address to a public audience; "people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"
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That happens in the world, which we often witness in a public debate. Each of the speakers expresses himself imperfectly; no one of them hears much that another says, such is the preoccupation of mind of each; and the audience, who have only to hear and not to speak, judge very wisely and superiorly how wrongheaded and unskilful is each of the debaters to his own affair.
The first public debate on the need for future reforms will take place at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo on Thursday, 13 September, and will be followed by six similar events throughout BiH in September and October 2018.
New Delhi, Oct.21 ( ANI ): Civil rights activist and India Against Corruption (IAC) spearhead Arvind Kejirwal on Sunday invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to have a public debate with him on the issue of corruption.
So far the campaign has been pretty appalling but it is amazing the Taoiseach has managed to dodge any proper public debate on the issues.
of Exeter, UK) explores the relationship between government policy and public debate about the British role in the world as it rose to imperial hegemony, complementing his earlier work on British foreign policy and strategy that took a more institutional approach.
IAN Poole (Letters, March 21) thinks from my letter (Letters, March 15) calling for a public debate, that I am part of "a residue of movement ready to exploit the present justifiable anger at avaricious, arrogant bankers and propel our city back into that chaos."
Northumberland's ability to absorb large numbers of giant wind turbines should be the subject of a major public debate, it was said last night.
To say that the book has over recent months lit the blue touch paper of public debate across the U.S.
Religious voices can and do contribute to the public debate. These days, they seem to have more than their share of access.
Five candidates fighting the Vale of Glamorgan seat in the General Election will take part in a public debate in Barry on Sunday.
SCOTS Tory leader David McLetchie yesterday challenged First Minister Jack McConnell to a public debate on plans to ban smoking in public places.