An example of debate is what Congress does when considering passing new legislation.
An example of debate is when two people have a discussion about the pros and cons of the death penalty and each person takes a different side of the argument.
An example of debate is when you have a discussion about the death penalty, which you are for and your conversation partner is against.
Passed the motion with little debate.
There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.
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.
Origin of debate
- Middle English debaten from Old French debatre de- de- battre to beat batter1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).