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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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It seems indeed to be a work that requires some exactness, but the professor assured us, "that if it were dexterously performed, the cure would be infallible." For he argued thus: "that the two half brains being left to debate the matter between themselves within the space of one skull, would soon come to a good understanding, and produce that moderation, as well as regularity of thinking, so much to be wished for in the heads of those, who imagine they come into the world only to watch and govern its motion: and as to the difference of brains, in quantity or quality, among those who are directors in faction, the doctor assured us, from his own knowledge, that "it was a perfect trifle."
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.
"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.
'Two debates including debate on budget and presidential address are mandatory to be conducted in the parliament,' the opposition member said mentioning that the government has conducted debate only on budget 2019-20 but is ignoring the debate on the presidential address.
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 globalization 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.
He explained that, to him, these debates "merely show who are the better debaters, not who will be the better senators."