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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
DEBATE . This word had formerly the meaning of ‘strife,’ as in the Geneva tr. [Note: translate or translation.] of Genesis 13:7 , ‘there was debate between the heardmen of Abrams cattell, and the heardmen of Lots cattell.’
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Debate'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/d/debate.html. 1909.