Meaning of disputable in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈspjuːtəb(ə)l/ /ˈdɪspjʊtəb(ə)l/

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  • Not established as a fact, and so open to question or debate.

    ‘whether it can be described as art criticism may be disputable’
    • ‘Any determination of disputable fact may, the law recognises, be imperfect: the law aims at providing the best and safest solutions compatible with human fallibility and having reached that solution it closes the book.’
    • ‘In fact, the absence of such oligarchic groups in Belarus is a disputable question.’
    • ‘It took nearly an hour and several dead ends to find what they assumed was the bridge, only to decide that fact was disputable.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, by rejecting these premises, the Stoics often committed themselves to highly disputable contentions.’
    • ‘Though this seems at first barely disputable, it quickly gives rise to difficult questions; in particular, since the thinker's reasons will be further beliefs, we can ask whether these beliefs are themselves justified.’
    • ‘As was said earlier today by Justice McHugh in another matter, and has often been said by this Court, such questions of statutory construction are inherently disputable.’
    • ‘‘It's not disputable,’ says Fund of the Wall Street Journal.’
    • ‘The result of any fruitful worldview is a firm, self-confident life order that is perceived as necessary, as a reality, about which there is nothing uncertain or disputable.’
    • ‘There was more disputable officiating in yesterday's midday clash at Headingley where Leeds benefited to the tune of 41-18.’
    • ‘A Marine shoots a wounded man under disputable circumstances.’
    • ‘Whether Spurs would have deserved it is disputable.’
    • ‘I think the will of the people should have precedence over disputable interpretations of the court.’
    • ‘Most disputable in its battle against the government is its formal criticism of the identity of the Roh administration.’
    • ‘The Nazi regime provides the least disputable historical example of totalitarian excess.’
    • ‘Neither is disputable, but each represents a completely different issue, and therefore each requires a different remedy.’
    • ‘I mean, there is something so dreadfully solid about it, and, obviously, disputable.’
    • ‘Much of this is eminently disputable, yet the result is constructive stimulation rather than mere provocation.’
    • ‘For the second time in as many games, goals which should have stood were disallowed thanks to some disputable refereeing.’
    • ‘This assertion is certainly legally disputable at the very least, and Burnside should know it.’
    debatable, open to debate, open to discussion, arguable, contestable, moot, open to question, questionable, doubtful, dubious
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Late 15th century from Latin disputabilis, from the verb disputare ‘to estimate’, later ‘to dispute’ (see dispute).