a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints:
a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
to engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly: to participate in a formal debate.
to deliberate; consider:
to fight; quarrel : to argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in a legislative or public assembly
argumentation discussion, presentation, conflict, clash, altercation, deliberation, question, ponder, reason, expose, dissent, differ, oppose, object, disagree, attack, deny, refute argue, speech, squabble, dispute, fight, disagreement, contemplate, examine, confer deliberate, discuss, consider, conversation, meeting
agree, decide, acceptance, approval , peace, quiet, conclude, accordance, consensuscompliance, harmony, concede, concur, consent, covenant, accommodation, acknowledge, allow, acquiescence, adjudicate, arrangement, believe, coerce
cogitation, contemplation, meditation, pondering, rumination; introspection; agonizing, hesitation, indecision; premeditation
Prefix: interdebate, outdebate, overdebate, postdebate, predebate, redebate,
Suffix: debater, debatingly, debated, debating, debatable,
interdebated, interdebating, nondebater, nondebating, outdebated, outdebating, overdebated, overdebating, predebater, undebated, well-debated
Origin and Entomolgy
First Known Use: 1250-1300;
(v.) Middle English debaten < Old French debatre, equivalent to de- de- + batre to beat < Latin battere, earlier battuere; (noun) Middle English debat < Old French, derivative of debatre