What is debate?

  • (verb): Argue with one another.
    Example: "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Debate is contention in argument; dispute, controversy; discussion; esp. the discussion of questions of public interest in Parliament or in any assembly.

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West Potomac High School - Academic Honors
... founding in 1985, West Potomac has fielded 3 state championship debate teams ... At the 2009-2010 VHSL State Debate Tournament a duo-team were named Semi-Finalists in the Virginia State Debate Tournament/Classic(AAA) Division ...
History Of The Socialist Workers Party (Britain) - Socialist Workers Party (1977 Onwards)
... During these years at times heated debates took place in branch meetings and in the pages of the, then regular, Internal Bulletin concerning a number of questions ... For example during this period a debate emerged as to the groups understanding of the question of women's oppression in capitalist society and whether or ... This debate centred on the role to be played by the groups publication Womans Voice ...
Congressional Debate - History
... Congressional Debate is a relatively new form of high school forensics ... Only in the last decade has it emerged as a widespread form of debate ... of the initial proponents of Congressional Debate saw it as an alternative to policy debate, which places a large amount of emphasis on speaking very quickly ...
Other Forms of Debate - Online Debating
... The debate style is interesting, as research and well thought out points and counterpoints are possible because of the obvious lack of time ... drop their weaker opinions on things, many times for debate in formal debates (such as the ones listed above) or for fun arguments with friends ... Some online debate communities and forums practice Policy Debate through the use of uploaded speeches and preset word counts to represent the time limits present in physical ...
Pregnancy Over Age 50 - Debate
... Pregnancies among older women have been a subject of controversy and debate ... Some argue against motherhood late in life on the basis of the health risks involved, or out of concern that an older mother might not be able or around to care for a child as she ages, while others contend that having a child is a fundamental right and that it is commitment to a child's wellbeing, not the parents' ages, that matters ...

More definitions of "debate":

  • (noun): The formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote).
    Synonyms: disputation, public debate
  • (verb): Discuss the pros and cons of an issue.
    Synonyms: deliberate
  • (noun): A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal.
    Synonyms: argument, argumentation

Famous quotes containing the word debate:

    What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931)

    Like man and wife who nightly keep
    Inconsequent debate in sleep
    As they dream side by side.
    Robert Graves (1895–1985)

    My first debate in high school—”Resolved: Girls are no good”—and I won!
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