argument, argumentation, debate(noun)
a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
"the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
debate, disputation, public debate(verb)
the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
argue with one another
"We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"
consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberate(verb)
think about carefully; weigh
"They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"
discuss the pros and cons of an issue
argue, contend, debate, fence(verb)
have an argument about something
An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two people, generally ending with a vote or other decision.
After a four-hour debate, the committee voted to table the motion.
An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.
Discussion of opposing views.
There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.
(Frequently in French form du00E9bat) a type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.
To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena.
Origin: From debatre, from Romanic desbattere, from dis- + battuere.
to engage in combat for; to strive for
to contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against
to engage in strife or combat; to fight
to contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; -- often followed by on or upon
a fight or fighting; contest; strife
contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress
subject of discussion
Origin: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]
Debate is contention in argument; dispute, controversy; discussion; especially the discussion of questions of public interest in Parliament or in any assembly. Debate is a method of interactive and representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than deductive reasoning, which only examines whether a conclusion is a consequence of premises, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case, or rhetoric, which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic. The outcome of a debate depends upon consensus or some formal way of reaching a resolution, rather than the objective facts as such. In a formal debating contest, there are rules for participants to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact. Debating is commonly carried out in many assemblies of various types to discuss matters and to make resolutions about action to be taken, often by a vote. Deliberative bodies such as parliaments, legislative assemblies, and meetings of all sorts engage in debates. In particular, in parliamentary democracies a legislature debates and decides on new laws. Formal debates between candidates for elected office, such as the leaders debates and the U.S. presidential election debates, are sometimes held in democracies. Debating is also carried out for educational and recreational purposes, usually associated with educational establishments. The major goal of the study of debate as a method or art is to develop the ability to debate rationally from either position with equal ease.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-bāt′, n. a contention in words or argument: (obs.) strife.—v.t. to contend for in argument: (arch.) to fight for.—v.i. to deliberate: to join in debate.—adjs. Debat′able, liable to be disputed; Debate′ful (Spens.), quarrelsome.—ns. Debate′ment (Spens., Shak.), controversy; Debat′er.—adv. Debat′ingly.—Debatable land, a tract of border land between Esk and Sark claimed both by England and Scotland. [O. Fr. debatre—L. de, and batuĕre, to beat.]
To communicate and contribute a response to a question, inquiry, demand or request using data, evidence and facts.
People love to debate using data, evidence and facts.
To discuss or communicate your view, perception, opinion or judgment in a conversation with another human being in person, at a meeting, in a government forum, by phone, using a mobile, smartphone, personal message, online conversation, using a social network or similar type of technology on the internet using data, evidence and fact to support your your view, perception, opinion or judgment.
Some people love to debate with their friends or fellow electorate in online forums or on social media. Debate is also an intelligent part of a government process.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1559
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1276
Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Nouns Frequency: #584
Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Verbs Frequency: #936
The numerical value of debate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of debate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
After last night's debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure.
You are not an artist,an artist creates. You do not write your own songs. End of debate.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
Nothing ever gets settled in this town. ... a seething debating society in which the debate never stops, in which people never give up, including me. And so that's the atmosphere in which you administer.
Too often in the wake of tragedies like this, advocates on both sides of the debate, use the debate towards their own end, moving to a large debate on gun control I don't think is what should come in the immediate aftermath, within 24 hours, of this tragedy taking place.
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- نقاش, مناظرة, مناقشةArabic
- дебатирам, дискусия, разискване, дискутирам, дебатиBulgarian
- Debatte, debattierenGerman
- συζητώ, αντιπαράθεση, αντιπαραθέτω, συζήτηση, συνεξετάζω, δίβατον, διάλογοςGreek
- debate, debatirSpanish
- väittely, debatti, väitelläFinnish
- débattre, débat, discussionFrench
- connsachadh, connsaichScottish Gaelic
- बहस करना, बहस, वाद - विवाद, वाद-विवाद, बिबाद, चर्चा करना, वाद - विवाद करनाHindi
- բանավեճ, բանավիճել, վեճ, քննարկումArmenian
- dibattere, dibattito, dibattimentoItalian
- 議論, 討論Japanese
- disputō, disputātiōLatin
- bespreking, debat, debatteren, uitpraten, bespreken, discussie, meningsverschilDutch
- debater, debate, discussãoPortuguese
- dezbatere, controversă, polemică, discuțieRomanian
- обсуждать, полемика, спор, дискуссия, дебат, дебаты, дискутировать, споритьRussian
- debatt, diskussion, meningsutbyte, debatteraSwedish
- ప్రత్యేక చర్చ, చర్చించుకొను, వాదించుకొను, చర్చలలో పాల్గొను, చర్చలు, వ్యాసరచన పోటీ, విమర్శించు, వ్యాసం రచన పోటీ, వాదించుTelugu
- tartışma, tartışmak, müzakere, münazaraTurkish
- tranh luậnVietnamese
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