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Definition of DEBATE (NOUN)

: a contention by words or arguments: as a : the formal discussion of a motion before a deliberative body according to the rules of parliamentary procedure b : a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides

Definition of DEBATE (VERB)

intransitive verb
1
obsolete : fight, contend
2
a : to contend in words b : to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments
3
: to participate in a debate
transitive verb
1
a : to argue about <the subject was hotly debated> b : to engage (an opponent) in debate
2
: to turn over in one's mind <he's still debating what to do>

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/debate

Debate or debating is a formal method of interactive and representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than logical argument, which only examines consistency from axiom, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case or rhetoric which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion; in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debate


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