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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. A persuasive presentation of the law and facts of a case or particular issue within a case to the judge or jury.
  14. A presentation of proofs of, or reasons for or against, something; a discussion, controversy, or debate; summary of a book.
  15. A reason offered as proof: a series of reasons: a discussion: subject of a discourse.
  16. A reason or train of reasoning; subject of a discourse.
  17. A reason or course of reasoning; demonstration; debate; discussion.
  18. The plot or gist of a work: a summary.
  19. A reason offered in proof; a debate or discussion; the subject of a discourse or writing; an abstract or summary of a book.
  20. A reason alleged or offered; a discussion.
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Usage examples for argument

  1. " And what is the reason that it is an argument? – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. 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
  3. I saw that argument was useless. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  4. The argument is closed. – The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Thomas Charles Edwards
  5. " Ay- a sound argument," said Sakr- el- Bahr. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  6. 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
  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. It is a fair subject for argument. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  9. There was no further use in argument. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  10. 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
  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. 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
  13. Rick picked up his argument again. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  14. But yes; I'll admit, for the sake of argument, that I don't understand young men. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  15. Now, I am taking the trouble to tell you my side of the argument. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  16. Argument, I know, would be useless. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  17. " All gentlemen like beautiful girls," she replied, which brought us to an old argument. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  18. Yet no argument would change it. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  19. " You see, old Vernon has no argument," Willoughby said to her. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  20. " Not this argument again," I said. – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
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