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Debate vs. Discussion

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Debatenoun

An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two people, generally ending with a vote or other decision.

‘After a four-hour debate, the committee voted to table the motion.’;

Discussionnoun

Conversation or debate concerning a particular topic.

‘There was then a long discussion of whether to capitalize words like "east".’; ‘This topic is not open to discussion.’; ‘My discussion with the professor was very enlightening.’;

Debatenoun

An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.

‘The debate over the age of the universe is thousands of years old.’; ‘There was a bit of a debate over who should pay for the damaged fence.’;

Discussionnoun

Text giving further detail on a subject.

‘Under each heading, you will find a discussion.’;

Debatenoun

(uncountable) Discussion of opposing views.

‘There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.’;

Discussionnoun

The dispersion of a tumour.

Debatenoun

(frequently in the French form débat) A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.

Discussionnoun

The act or process of discussing by breaking up, or dispersing, as a tumor, or the like.

Debatenoun

(obsolete) Strife, discord.

Discussionnoun

The act of discussing or exchanging reasons; examination by argument; debate; disputation; agitation.

‘The liberty of discussion is the great safeguard of all other liberties.’;

Debateverb

(ambitransitive) To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena.

Discussionnoun

an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic;

‘the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic’; ‘his treatment of the race question is badly biased’;

Debateverb

To fight.

Discussionnoun

an exchange of views on some topic;

‘we had a good discussion’; ‘we had a word or two about it’;

Debateverb

To engage in combat for; to strive for.

Discussionnoun

the action or process of talking about something in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas

‘the EC directive is currently under discussion’; ‘the committee acts as a forum for discussion’;

Debateverb

(transitive) To consider (to oneself), to think over, to attempt to decide

Discussionnoun

a conversation or debate about a specific topic

‘discussions about environmental improvement’;

Debateverb

To engage in combat for; to strive for.

‘Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner, and the cause of religion was debated with the same ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine.’;

Discussionnoun

a detailed treatment of a topic in speech or writing

‘see Appendix One, for a more detailed discussion’;

Debateverb

To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.

‘A wise council . . . that did debate this business.’; ‘Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself.’;

Debateverb

To engage in strife or combat; to fight.

‘Well could he tourney and in lists debate.’;

Debateverb

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.

‘He presents that great soul debating upon the subject of life and death with his intimate friends.’;

Debatenoun

A fight or fighting; contest; strife.

‘On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore.’; ‘But question fierce and proud replyGave signal soon of dire debate.’;

Debatenoun

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.

‘Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate.’;

Debatenoun

Subject of discussion.

‘Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.’;

Debatenoun

a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal;

‘the argument over foreign aid goes on and on’;

Debatenoun

the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)

Debateverb

argue with one another;

‘We debated the question of abortion’; ‘John debated Mary’;

Debateverb

think about carefully; weigh;

‘They considered the possibility of a strike’; ‘Turn the proposal over in your mind’;

Debateverb

discuss the pros and cons of an issue

Debateverb

have an argument about something

Debatenoun

a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward and which usually ends with a vote

‘last night's debate on the Education Bill’;

Debatenoun

an argument about a particular subject, especially one in which many people are involved

‘there has been much debate about prices’; ‘the national debate on abortion’;

Debateverb

argue about (a subject), especially in a formal manner

‘MPs debated the issue in the Commons’; ‘members of the society debated for five nights’;

Debateverb

consider a possible course of action in one's mind before reaching a decision

‘he debated whether he should leave the matter alone or speak to her’;

Debate

Debate is a process that involves formal discourse on a particular topic. In a debate, arguments are put forward for often opposing viewpoints.

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