Definitions of debate

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

Quotes of debate

  1. I just thought it was unconscionable for the Congress to insert itself into this debate We are particularly unqualified to make that decision and to intrude ourselves into the lives of this family. – Gary Ackerman
  2. I enjoyed debate on the floor but it's not really debate in the same way. – Geraldine Ferraro
  3. As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard -working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture. – Bob Filner
  4. Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science. – James Inhofe
  5. I raise this objection to debate the process, and protect the integrity of the true will of the people. – Stephanie Tubbs Jones
  6. It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate and guide our decision. – Barbara Jordan
  7. It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it. – Joseph Joubert
  8. Let's start to have a grown up debate in this country about who we are and where we want to go and what kind of country we want to build. – Ed Miliband
  9. I remember serving in Vietnam in that war, and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel, colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U. S. wanted to debate it that way. – William Odom
  10. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand. – Colin Powell
  11. What scared me in that debate is that it's not about the ownership rules at all. The vast majority of people don't even know what the rules say, to be perfectly candid. Name all six of them. – Michael K. Powell
  12. To pass to the deluge, and beyond it, and to come to close quarters with our proper division, the origin of Romance itself is a very debatable subject, or rather it is a subject which the wiser mind will hardly care to debate much. – George Saintsbury
  13. 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. – George P. Shultz
  14. The reason to split a court is for administrative purposes, and in the past there has been much debate about the liberal decisions of the Ninth Circuit and so forth; and people have wanted to get out of the Ninth Circuit for that reason. – Michael K. Simpson
  15. There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go. – Rainn Wilson

Usage examples for debate

  1. After a short debate he determined to go there. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. An anxious internal debate followed as to whether or not he should take a return ticket. ” – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  5. It was that kiss which Barbara had seen from the window, and great debate had arisen on it. ” – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “ 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
  10. After some debate it was decided to appeal to Mrs. John Day. ” – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  11. And so the debate never came off. ” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  12. In strict consideration it will not admit of debate – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. “ " The debate will become serious if you continue," said Mrs. Cable lightly. ” – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  18. And the conclusion of this debate is, I think, a simple one. ” – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  19. 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

Rhymes for debate

Idioms for debate

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