the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
- public debate
a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
"the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
have an argument about something
discuss the pros and cons of an issue
think about carefully
"They considered the possibility of a strike"
"Turn the proposal over in your mind"
- turn over
argue with one another
"We debated the question of abortion"
"John debated Mary"