Definition for debate

noun as in discussion of issues; consideration

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Example Sentences

I haven’t been doing mock debates very much, but I’ve been just making sure that I understand all that he has said and hasn’t said.

Something that involved public debate and public contribution.

All the while the debate about whether or not you need E-A-T for ranking rages on.

From my view at least, there hasn’t been much of a public debate about it, which reflects the way Italy has handled the pandemic from the start.

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There’s still debate as to whether such policies conflict with the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty.

Throughout the fifties, in city after city, fluoridation became the subject of fierce debate.

Bush busy engaging constituents on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the 2004 presidential election.

The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.

And it must make sure that the platform of debate where we can freely exchange ideas is safe and sound.

They already know the answer, but they know by feigning ignorance they can create all this debate about it.

On the 13th of February the Stamp Act bill was introduced and read for the first time, without debate.

The Cuban debts and the future of the Philippines were really the knotty points in the entire debate.

Congress met, and during the debate on the momentous question—peace or war—the hitherto compact group of intransigents weakened.

He had not started the journey brashly, on impulse, but after debate and discussion with Mandy, his wife.

The decree of accusation was proposed, and carried, without debate, beneath the poniards of uncounted thousands of assassins.


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What are other ways to say debate?

To debate is to interchange formal (usually opposing) arguments, especially on public questions: to debate a proposed amendment. To argue is to present one’s reasons: The scientists argued for a safer testing procedure; it may also imply disputing in an angry or excited way: His parents argue all the time. To discuss is to present varied opinions and views: to discuss ways and means. 

On this page you'll find 168 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to debate, such as: argument, contest, controversy, deliberation, dispute, and match.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.