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DEBATE, n.

DE-BATE', n. [Fr. debat; Sp. debate; Port. id; de and battre, to beat.]

  1. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for elucidating truth; strife in argument or reasoning, between persons of different opinions, each endeavoring to prove his own opinion right, and that of his opposer wrong; dispute; controversy; as, the debates in parliament or in congress.
  2. Strife; contention. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate. – Is. lviii.
  3. The power of being disputed; as, this question is settled beyond debate; the story is true beyond debate.
  4. Debate or debates; the published report of arguments for and against a measure; as, the debates in the convention are printed.

DE-BATE', v.i.

  1. To debate on or in, to deliberate; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind. – Shak.
  2. To dispute. – Tatler.
  3. To engage in combat. [Not in use.]

DE-BATE', v.t. [Fr. debattre; Sp. debatir; Port. debater. See Beat and Abate.]

To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain a cause by reasoning; to dispute; to discuss; to argue; to contest, as opposing parties; as, the question was debated till a late hour. Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. Prov. xxv.


De*bate"
  1. 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. Prescott.

  2. To engage in strife or combat; to fight.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

    Well could he tourney and in lists debate. Spenser.

  3. A fight or fighting; contest; strife.

    [Archaic]

    On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore. R. of Gloucester.

    But question fierce and proud reply
    Gave signal soon of dire debate.
    Sir W. Scott.

  4. 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. Shak.

    Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. Prov. xxv. 9.

    Syn. -- To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See Argue, and Discuss.

  5. 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. Tatler.

  6. 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. Pope.

  7. Subject of discussion.

    [R.]

    Statutes and edicts concerning this debate. Milton.

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Debate

DEBATE, noun

1. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for elucidating truth; strife in argument or reasoning, between persons of different opinions, each endeavoring to prove his own opinion right, and that of his opposer wrong; dispute; controversy; as the debates in parliament or in congress.

2. Strife; contention.

Behold, ye fast for strife and debate Isaiah 1:8.

3. The power of being disputed; as, this question is settled beyond debate; the story is true beyond debate

4. debate or debates, the published report of arguments for and against a measure; as, the debates in the convention are printed.

DEBATE, verb transitive To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain a cause by reasoning; to dispute; to discuss; to argue; to contest, as opposing parties; as, the question was debated till a late hour.

DEBATE thy cause with thy neighbor himself. Proverbs 25:9.

DEBATE, verb intransitive

1. To debate on or in, to deliberate; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind.

2. To dispute.

3. To engage in combat.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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SPEC'IMEN, n. [L. from species, with the termination men, which corresponds in sense to the English hood or ness.] A sample; a part or small portion of any thing, intended to exhibit the kind and quality of the whole, or of something not exhibited; as a specimen of a man's handwriting; a specimen of painting or composition; specimen of one's art or skill.

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