debate noun definition in Parliament topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

debate

 noun: Parliament topic
a formal discussion of an issue at a public meeting or in a parliament. In a debate two or more speakers express opposing views and then there is often a vote on the issue. a debate on abortion The minister opened the debate (= was the first to speak). The motion under debate (= being discussed) was put to a vote. After a long debate, Congress approved the proposal.