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Definition of Debate

Debate

  1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
  2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
  3. To engage in strife or combat; to fight.
  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. A fight or fighting; contest; strife.
  6. 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.
  7. Subject of discussion.

Debate Quotations

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.
Atifete Jahjaga

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
Nelson Mandela

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.
Margaret Heffernan

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Colin Powell

I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
Margaret Thatcher
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Debate Translations

debate in Danish is debat
debate in Dutch is debat
debate in Hungarian is vita
debate in Italian is dibattito
debate in Latin is disputatio, confero
debate in Norwegian is debatt
debate in Spanish is debate
debate in Swedish is debatt, debattera, debatt
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