Debate [Education] Law and Legal Definition

Debate refers to a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal. Debating is a formal method of interactive argument. Rules will be framed for a formal debating contest and the participants must discuss and decide on differences within the given framework. The quality and depth of a debate depends on the knowledge and skill of the participants. International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is an organization formed to encourage students around the world to question, listen to each other, and explore the most volatile subjects openly and in the spirit of tolerance and cooperation.

Debate aims to develop participant's ability to stand with equals. Other than students, legislative assemblies and meetings of all sorts engage in debates. In the U.S., competitive debates are organized at the local, national, and international level. Additionally, in the U.S. general election, presidential debates are conducted between presidential candidates. Presidential debate offers a rare opportunity for citizens to see and hear the major candidates side-by-side.