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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

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

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt.
Barack Obama

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
Elbert Hubbard
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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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