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Debate n [13c]: 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
2 Debate bv [ME, fr. MF debatre, fr. OF, fr. de- + batre to beat, fr. L battuere] vi [14c] 1 obs: Fight, Contend 2a: to contend in words b: to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments 3: to participate in a debate -vi 1a: to argue about b: to engage [an opponent] in debate 2: to turn over in one's mind -syn see Discuss
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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