Definition of argument
1a : the act or process of arguing, reasoning, or discussing : argumentationb : a coherent series of reasons, statements, or facts intended to support or establish a point of view a defense attorney's closing argumentc : an angry quarrel or disagreement having an argument over/about money trying to settle an argument
2a : a reason given for or against a matter under discussion They presented their arguments in favor of the proposal.b : a form of rhetorical expression intended to convince or persuade
3 : an abstract (see 2abstract 1) or summary especially of a literary work
4 : the subject matter especially of a literary work
5a mathematics : one of the independent variables upon whose value that of a function dependsb grammar : a substantive (such as the direct object of a transitive verb) that is required by a predicate in grammarc mathematics : amplitude 4
6 obsolete : an outward sign : indication
Examples of argument in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of argument from the Web
Authorities say the argument ended with 27-year-old Tremaine Jamison, of New York City, shooting 29-year-old Devon Brown in the head.
The judge has scheduled closing arguments for Friday morning.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which covers Hawaii, heard the government's arguments in that case last month, but has not yet ruled.
Among his more unnerving arguments: Nursing home’s failure to check backgrounds has allowed offenders banned from living within 1,000 feet of schools to slip in next door to multiple elementary schools and junior highs.
When Trump touched down at a humid Sicilian airbase last week, European leaders were already girding up for an argument at the G-7 summit.
Closing arguments are expected to begin later this week, and jurors may begin deliberating by the end of the week.
Ms. Merkel’s disappointment on the issue was not entirely shared by Mr. Macron, who said Mr. Trump had at least listened to the arguments of the other Group of 7 leaders.
The full DC Circuit agreed to take up the case, and heard arguments on Wednesday morning.
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ARGUMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of argument for English Language Learners
: a statement or series of statements for or against something
: a discussion in which people express different opinions about something
: an angry disagreement
ARGUMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of argument for Students
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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