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debate

verb agitate, altercate, argue, argue pros and cons, attempt to disprove, bandy, battle verbally, canvass, confer with, confute, consider, consult with, contend, controvert, deliberate, disagree, discept, discuss, engage in oral controversy, examine a question, exxmine by argument, moot, negotiate, ponder, present reasons for and against, present varied opinions, reason, refute, weigh, wrangle
Associated concepts: debates of Constitutional Convention, freedom of debate, legislative debate
See also: answer, argue, argument, challenge, conflict, conjecture, consider, contention, contest, contravention, controversy, controvert, converse, cross, deliberate, deliberation, disaccord, disagree, disagreement, discourse, discuss, dispute, doubt, fight, hesitate, muse, oppose, opposition, oscillate, parley, persuade, ponder, process, reason, refute, reply, respond, speculate, treat, vacillate

debate

in Scottish civil procedure, that part of an action where legal argument takes place only on the pleas-in-law. It can take place before any proof if the plea is preliminary, such as a plea to the relevance or specification or after the case if it was impossible to answer the plea-in-law until evidence had been heard. For example, in ordinary negligence cases where, until the facts have been heard, it is not possible to say that the defender has or has not been legally negligent.

DEBATE, legislation, practice. A contestation between two or more persons, in which they take different sides of a question, and maintain them, respectively, by facts and arguments; or it is a discussion, in writing, of some contested point.
     2. The debate should be conducted with fairness, candor and decorum, and supported by facts and arguments founded in reason; when, in addition, it is ornamented by learning, and decorated by the powers of rhetoric, it becomes eloquent and persuasive. It is essential that the power of debate should be free, in order to an energetic discharge of his duty by the debator.
     3. The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 6, provides, that for any speech or debate, in either house, the senators and representatives shall not be questioned in any other place.
     4. It is a rule of the common law, that counsel may, in, the discharge of professional duty, use strong epithets, however derogatory to the character of the opponent, or his attorney, or other agent or witness, in commenting on the facts of the case, if pertinent to the cause, and stated in his instructions, without any liability to any action for the supposed slander, whether the thing stated were true or false. 1 B. & Ald. 232; 3 Dow's R. 273, 277, 279; 7 Bing. R. 459; S. C. 20 E. C. L. R. 198. Respectable and sensible counsel, however, will always refrain from the indulgence of any unjust severity, both on their own personal account, and because browbeating a witness, or other person, will injuriously affect their case in the eyes of a respectable court and jury. 3 Chit. Pr. 887, 8.

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Consider debating in the morning, when Ford is at his best.
According to Davis, our "hazy conception of debating" had "led us to stress the logical aspect of debating unduly" (1915, 110).
Introducing the event Qatari broadcaster Sobah al Kuwari said, "The championship aims at fostering a culture of debate and establish the art of debating in Arabic firmly in the Arab world." Elaborating further Executive Director of Qatar Debate Dr Hayat Mrefi said, "We seek cultural empowerment of the Arab youth through the debate.
of Alaska, Anchorage) has developed this guide to the British Parliamentary or "Worlds-style" format for academic debating for students who wish to compete in the World Universities Debating Championships.
Nixon had offered to expand the fourth debate to two hours and have the first hour of the program dedicated to the vice presidential candidates' debate with the second hour dedicated to him and Kennedy (Debating Debates 1960; Kelley 1960).
Exacerbating this problem is that competitive success tends to favor masculine forms of debating. Various studies have documented gendered biases, such as criticisms of women debaters for being too aggressive or not aggressive enough relative to men, in debate judging.
QatarDebate Center Program Manager Kelly Bieringer said that that the shift to BP format of debating was a change for the better.
It may well be that sitting presidents forget what it is like to be directly challenged by a political opponent and are simply out of practice with their debating skills, especially when it comes to debating opponents who have just emerged from a long primary season with many opportunities to hone their debating skills through numerous primary debates.
Patrick's campaign was similarly dismissive about debating his primary challenger, Scott Milder, who the lieutenant governor easily defeated.
As part of its response, Valdez's campaign suggested she was amenable to debating White closer to the runoff date - and took a shot at her rival over the attention-grabbing move.
Researchers from other jurisdictions could then use those data to facilitate direct comparisons of responses to debating (and perhap s to other aspects of political culture) from state to state and region to region.
But Abbott has committed to debating at a different venue in the city, Davis hasn't accepted the invitation to the second one and WFAA says it's no longer pursuing a debate.