Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary


noun ar·gu·ment \ˈär-gyə-mənt\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of argument

  1. 1 obsolete :  an outward sign :  indication

  2. 2 a :  a reason given in proof or rebuttal b :  discourse intended to persuade

  3. 3 a :  the act or process of arguing :  argumentation b :  a coherent series of statements leading from a premise to a conclusion c :  quarrel, disagreement

  4. 4 :  an abstract or summary especially of a literary work <an argument preceded the poem>

  5. 5 :  the subject matter especially of a literary work

  6. 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 in a sentence

  1. They made a compelling argument for our participation.

  2. The committee presented strong arguments against building a new school.

  3. a lawyer's closing argument at the trial

  4. His argument did not convince his opponents.

  5. Let us accept, for the sake of argument, that she is right.

  6. Don't you want to hear both sides of the argument?

  7. They were always getting into arguments about politics.

  8. There were many arguments about the new design.

  9. They settled an argument that started in class.

  10. I don't want to hear any arguments about whether you'll go.

Origin and Etymology of argument

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin argumentum, from arguere

First Known Use: 14th century

ARGUMENT Defined for Kids


noun ar·gu·ment \ˈär-gyə-mənt\

Definition of argument for Students

  1. 1 :  an angry disagreement :  quarrel

  2. 2 :  a reason for or against something <There's a strong argument for changing the law.>

  3. 3 :  a discussion in which reasons for and against something are given <Let's hear both sides of the argument.>

Law Dictionary


noun ar·gu·ment

Legal Definition of argument

  1. 1 :  a reason or the reasoning given for or against a matter under discussion — compare evidence, proof

  2. 2 :  the act or process of arguing, reasoning, or discussing; especially :  oral argument

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up argument? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


looking or feeling very sad

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!


Which is a synonym of asperse?

defame divulge placate beat
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.