A debate is a formal discussion where two parties present opposing viewpoints. Each side endeavors to persuade the debate moderator of the validity of their position, utilizing arguments to support their claims. The debate moderator ensures that participants adhere to the rules, and strives to maintain a balanced distribution of speaking time between proponents and opponents. Ultimately, the moderator decides the winner based on factors such as the strength of arguments, responsiveness to the opposing side, and overall persuasiveness. The participant deemed most compelling is declared the winner of the debate.