I. noun Date: 13th century a contention by words or arguments: as a. the formal discussion of a motion before a deliberative body according to the rules of parliamentary procedure b. a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides II. verb (debated; debating) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French debatre, from de- + batre to beat, from Latin battuere Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. obsolete fight, contend 2. a. to contend in words b. to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments 3. to participate in a debate transitive verb 1. a. to argue about <
the subject was hotly debated
b. to engage (an opponent) in debate 2. to turn over in one's mind <
he's still debating what to do
Synonyms: see discussdebatement noundebater noun

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