The Debatable Landor Ground, a tract of land between the Esk and the Sark, claimed by both England and Scotland; the Batable Ground.

(De*bate") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debated; p. pr. & vb. n. Debating.] [OF. debatre, F. débattre; L. de + batuere to beat. See Batter, v. t., and cf. Abate.]

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.

2. 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.

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

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

(De*bate"), v. i.

1. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Well could he tourney and in lists debate.

2. 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.

(De*bate"), n. [F. débat, fr. débattre. See Debate, v. t.]

1. 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.

2. 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.

Debased to Decacuminated

(De*based") a. (Her.) Turned upside down from its proper position; inverted; reversed.

(De*base"ment) n. The act of debasing or the state of being debased. Milton.

(De*bas"er) n. One who, or that which, debases.

(De*bas"ing*ly), adv. In a manner to debase.

(De*bat"a*ble) a. [Cf. OF. debatable. See Debate.] Liable to be debated; disputable; subject to controversy or contention; open to question or dispute; as, a debatable question.

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