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Definitions of debate

  1. have an argument about something
  2. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; " the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
  3. think about carefully; weigh; " They considered the possibility of a strike"; " Turn the proposal over in your mind"
  4. the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition ( usually followed by a vote)
  5. argue with one another; " We debated the question of abortion"; " John debated Mary"
  6. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
  7. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
  8. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
  9. To engage in strife or combat; to fight.
  10. A fight or fighting; contest; strife.
  11. 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.
  12. Subject of discussion.
  13. 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.
  14. Contention in words; argument; discussion; a formal presentation of arguments on both sides of a question, by several speakers, before an audience.
  15. Discuss by presenting arguments for and against; dispute; meditate upon.
  16. To argue or discuss a point; reflect.
  17. A contention in words or argument.
  18. To contend for in argument.
  19. To deliberate: to join in debate.
  20. DEBATER.
  21. Contention in words; discussion.
  22. To discuss.
  23. Debatable.
  24. To discuss; argue; consider; reflect.
  25. The discussing of any question; argumentation; dispute.
  26. Contention or discussion in words or argument; contention; contest.
  27. To contend for or discuss in words or arguments; to contend for.
  28. To deliberate; to dispute. Debating society, a society for the purpose of debate and improvement in extemporaneous speaking.
  29. Contention in words; discussion between two or more persons avowedly for the discovery of truth.
  30. To contend for in words or arguments; to dispute; to deliberate.
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Usage examples for debate

  1. After some debate it was decided to appeal to Mrs. John Day. – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  2. Senator Wolfe spoke for it, in fact led the debate to secure its passage. – Story of the Session of the California Legislature of 1909 by Franklin Hichborn
  3. There was a stormy debate in council after Egmont had accepted the mission and immediately before his departure. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  4. Accordingly in March, 1765, the Stamp Act was passed, with so little debate that people hardly noticed what was going on. – The War of Independence by John Fiske
  5. Although they lowered their voices, Raphael easily guessed that he had become the topic of their debate and he ended by catching a phrase or two spoken aloud. – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  6. An anxious internal debate followed as to whether or not he should take a return ticket. – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  7. It was that kiss which Barbara had seen from the window, and great debate had arisen on it. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  8. But I soon came to the conclusion that when an appointment has been made there is no further need to debate the question. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller
  9. We had such a warm debate too, as to whether she was really well off or not, that next day my curiosity got the best of me, and I calls up the hotel to see if the Leavitts are in. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  10. It is curious to find a speaker in this debate telling the Government that the strength of the legal union that existed between England and Scotland depended entirely upon the way in which the people of Scotland were treated by the majority in the two Houses. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  11. He seldom spoke in debate but when he did he was eloquent, chaste and logical. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  12. And so the debate never came off. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  13. When the debate is to be spoken, not read, the brief, if kept in mind, will serve to suggest the arguments we wish to make in the order in which we wish to present them. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  14. And the conclusion of this debate is, I think, a simple one. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  15. With Sir W. Batten and Pen to Whitehall to Mr. Coventry's chamber, to debate upon the business we were upon the other day morning, and thence to Westminster Hall. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  16. In strict consideration it will not admit of debate – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  17. After a short debate he determined to go there. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  18. " The debate will become serious if you continue," said Mrs. Cable lightly. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. To my utter amazement, Captain Poke arose, put his tobacco back into its box, and opened the debate without apology. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
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