Simple Definition of argument
: a statement or series of statements for or against something
: a discussion in which people express different opinions about something
: an angry disagreement
Full Definition of argument
1 obsolete : an outward sign : indication
2 a : a reason given in proof or rebuttal b : discourse intended to persuade
4 : an abstract or summary especially of a literary work <an argument preceded the poem>
5 : the subject matter especially of a literary work
6 a : one of the independent variables upon whose value that of a function depends b : a substantive (as the direct object of a transitive verb) that is required by a predicate in grammar c : amplitude 4
Examples of argument
They made a compelling argument for our participation.
The committee presented strong arguments against building a new school.
a lawyer's closing argument at the trial
His argument did not convince his opponents.
Let us accept, for the sake of argument, that she is right.
Don't you want to hear both sides of the argument?
They were always getting into arguments about politics.
There were many arguments about the new design.
They settled an argument that started in class.
I don't want to hear any arguments about whether you'll go.
Origin of argument
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin argumentum, from arguere
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with argument
accident, aliment, Blaenau Gwent, circumvent, compartment, complement, compliment, confident, devilment, diffident, discontent, document, evident, heaven-sent, implement, incident, instrument, Jack-a-Lent, malcontent, nonevent, Occident, ornament, orient, provident, regiment, reinvent, represent, re-present, resident, Saint-Laurent, sediment, self-content, subsequent, supplement
ARGUMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of argument
1 : an angry disagreement : quarrel
2 : a reason for or against something <There's a strong argument for changing the law.>
3 : a discussion in which reasons for and against something are given <Let's hear both sides of the argument.>
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