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Definitions of argument

  1. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; " they were involved in a violent argument"
  2. a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f( x)= y, x is the independent variable
  3. a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie; " the editor added the argument to the poem"
  4. a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; " it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
  5. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; " the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
  6. Proof; evidence.
  7. A reason or reasons offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; reasoning expressed in words; as, an argument about, concerning, or regarding a proposition, for or in favor of it, or against it.
  8. A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation.
  9. The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem.
  10. Matter for question; business in hand.
  11. The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction.
  12. The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends.
  13. To make an argument; to argue.
  14. A persuasive presentation of the law and facts of a case or particular issue within a case to the judge or jury.
  15. A presentation of proofs of, or reasons for or against, something; a discussion, controversy, or debate; summary of a book.
  16. A reason offered as proof: a series of reasons: a discussion: subject of a discourse.
  17. A reason or train of reasoning; subject of a discourse.
  18. A reason or course of reasoning; demonstration; debate; discussion.
  19. The plot or gist of a work: a summary.
  20. A reason offered in proof; a debate or discussion; the subject of a discourse or writing; an abstract or summary of a book.
  21. A reason alleged or offered; a discussion.
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Quotes of argument

  1. Observe which side resorts to the most vociferous name -calling and you are likely to have identified the side with the weaker argument and they know it. – Charles R. Anderson
  2. The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. – George Carlin
  3. There's a great argument about how many men he actually killed. People would tell stories and then as we all know as stories get told over and over again, they get embellished, facts get changed, elaborated upon, exaggerated. – Keith Carradine
  4. After an argument silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means. – Mason Cooley
  5. Any political agenda and organization which doesn't begin with personal responsibility is just half the argument It's just not going to succeed. – Peter Coyote
  6. I became the stage for the great argument between Nietzsche and Rousseau. I was the extra ready to take on all the roles. – Jacques Derrida
  7. Whenever I run into prejudice. I smile and feel sorry for them, and I say to myself, There's one more argument for birth control. – Freddy Fender
  8. They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date. – John Hume
  9. Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country's scared. – Barack Obama
  10. A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this- that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death -beds can be made- not to understand- but to feel- as crime. – Edgar Allan Poe
  11. The mere assemblage of peace loving people to interchange convincing reasons for their common faith, mere exhortation and argument to the public in favor of peace in general fall short of the mark. – Elihu Root
  12. Capital punishment is the source of many an argument both good and bad. – Marilyn vos Savant
  13. My argument has always been that this is not an anti -Bush film, it's a pro -democracy film. And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy, that's his problem. – John Sayles
  14. To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind. – John Tillotson

Usage examples for argument

  1. " And what is the reason that it is an argument – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. " Not this argument again," I said. – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  3. " Ay- a sound argument said Sakr- el- Bahr. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  4. Rick picked up his argument again. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  5. " All gentlemen like beautiful girls," she replied, which brought us to an old argument – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  6. It is a fair subject for argument – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  7. But like every other kind of power, most men don't know when and how to use the gun argument and they make more trouble than they settle, half the time. – The Gringos by B. M. Bower
  8. Now, I am taking the trouble to tell you my side of the argument – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  9. But yes; I'll admit, for the sake of argument that I don't understand young men. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  10. The argument brought up Mr. Stevenson, who said 'What about that for a boat? – The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
  11. Once or twice the others lifted their voices in argument and a single word from him cut them short. – Way of the Lawless by Max Brand
  12. The argument is closed. – The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Thomas Charles Edwards
  13. " You see, old Vernon has no argument Willoughby said to her. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  14. Argument I know, would be useless. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  15. I saw that argument was useless. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. Yet no argument would change it. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  17. Her very love for him was an argument against him. – The Moving Finger A Trotting Christmas Eve at Warwingie Lost! The Loss of the "Vanity" Dick Stanesby's Hutkeeper The Yanyilla Steeplechase A Digger's Christmas by Mary Gaunt
  18. There was no further use in argument – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  19. Here is an argument drawn from the practice of Mr. Hastings. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  20. I had quite an argument with Mr. Speidel about seeing you girls out of turn. – Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines by Ruthe S. Wheeler

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