debate


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debate

Politics
1. a formal discussion, as in a legislative body, in which opposing arguments are put forward
2. the formal presentation and opposition of a specific motion, followed by a vote
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I heard a very warm debate between two professors, about the most commodious and effectual ways and means of raising money, without grieving the subject.
This project could not be of any great expense to the public; and might in my poor opinion, be of much use for the despatch of business, in those countries where senates have any share in the legislative power; beget unanimity, shorten debates, open a few mouths which are now closed, and close many more which are now open; curb the petulancy of the young, and correct the positiveness of the old; rouse the stupid, and damp the pert.
"We suppose it is a good thing to waste an evening once a fortnight over a debate, but, as my sister says, it may be better to breed dogs."
There's nothing like a debate to teach one quickness.
Margaret laughed and said, "But this is going to be far better than the debate itself." Helen recovered herself and laughed too.
Well, he got mixed up in our debate. He wasn't the subject of it, but it seemed to bear on his point.
ISLAMABAD -- The PTI government is yet to fulfil constitutional obligation regarding conclusion of debate on the president's address to the joint session of parliament even after passing almost a parliamentary year.
Qatar Foundation's (QF) Doha Debates is presenting a debate on the merits and future of globalization at the 2019 TEDSummit in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 24.
Tribune News Network doha Qatar Foundation's (QF) Doha Debates will present a debate on the merits and future of globalisation at the 2019 TedSummit in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 24.
Qatar Foundation's (QF) Doha Debates is presenting a debate on the merits and future of globalisation at the 2019 TEDSummit in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 24.
Our first Responsible Debate event happened last month in Edinburgh, drawing together both participants in highly contested debates, and those who have to mediate those debates.
'It is inappropriate for Lim Kit Siang to debate Najib.