What does it mean by a statement being contestable? - (qualify a statement).

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  • Easily, sometimes. – terdon May 22 '14 at 16:53
  • Perhaps it can sometimes be easily done. – F.E. May 22 '14 at 16:55
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    I'm unsure what is being asked here. The title "What does it mean to qualify a statement or argument?" asks a fairly straightforward question about what qualifying a statement means. The posted question itself, "How do you make a statement in writing so it is contestable? - (qualify a statement)" appears to be a how-to question. Which is it? – pyrAmider May 22 '14 at 17:37

An unqualified statement is clear and unequivocal. A qualified statement expresses some level of uncertainty about its own accuracy. An example of the first kind would be:

I can answer this question.

An example of the second kind (a qualified statement) would be:

If I am understanding this question correctly, I can answer it.

The qualification indicates that if I am not understanding the question correctly, then I am not able to answer it.

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