Other Word Forms of Debate
Origin of Debate
From Old French debatre (“to fight, contend, debate, also literally to beat down”), from Romanic desbattere, from Latin dis- (“apart, in different directions”) + battuere (“to beat, to fence”).
Middle English debaten from Old French debatre de- de- battre to beat batter1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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