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blege
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9spaceking
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Is "Substantially" measurable by a number?

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9spaceking
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/8/2014 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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blege

Pro

The word Substantially represents 2%.
9spaceking

Con

Substantially is not 2 percent. It is 13 because that's the number of letters in the word.
Debate Round No. 1
blege

Pro

Substantially requires at least a 2% increase " this is the lowest percentage I could find.
According to Words and Phrases in 1960
'Substantial" means "of real worth and importance; of considerable value; valuable." Bequest to charitable institution, making 1/48 of expenditures in state, held exempt from taxation; such expenditures constituting "substantial" part of its activities. Tax Commission of Ohio v. American Humane Education Soc., 181 N.E. 557, 42 Ohio App.
9spaceking

Con

1960? That's outdated. The new definition is different from 2%.
Debate Round No. 2
blege

Pro

No matter the "outdated" factor, it is still the most liable definition seeing as how you have not given a true definition.
9spaceking

Con

Google defines it as "
sub·stan·tial·ly


səbG2;stan(t)SHəlē/


adverb




  1. 1.


    to a great or significant extent.

    "profits grew substantially"









    synonyms: considerably, significantly, to a great/large extent, greatly, markedly,appreciably


    "the cost has fallen substantially"




















  2. 2.


    for the most part; essentially.

    "things will remain substantially the same over the next ten years"









    synonyms: largely, for the most part, by and large, on the whole, in the main,mainly, in essence, basically, fundamentally, to all intents and purposes


    "the draft was substantially accepted"










Debate Round No. 3
blege

Pro

Okay, however, this debate is about the possibility of the measuring of Substantially. There is no reason in your arguments so far over whether or not it is essentially measurable. It is due to the area of expansion within substantial as Words and Phrases said. Even though it was from 1960, it is still applicable because it shoes the expansion.
9spaceking

Con

How is 2 percent substancial? 2 percent is nothing. Think about 2 percent of one dollar. Two cents? Naw, that's not a lot. But surely, surely, 4 percent is far more substancial and a better definition?
Debate Round No. 4
blege

Pro

No matter the amount, the objective of the con is to tell me why substantial is not measurable in numerical standards. Due to the lack of stance provided from the negative's side, this debate is won by me. Thank you.
9spaceking

Con

Unfortunately, things can always be "more" substantial as proven in round 4. 4 percent is more substantial than 2. 8 is more than 4. 16 more than 8, 32 >16, ad infinitum. Thus, substantial could be represented by ALL and ANY numbers, not just A number--not just ONE number as stated in the resolution.
I won, vote me.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Commondebator 2 years ago
Commondebator
Con, why would you accept the debate if you disagree with the definition?
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