argument

noun ar·gu·ment \ ˈär-gyə-mənt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of argument

1 a : the act or process of arguing, reasoning, or discussing : argumentation
b : a coherent series of reasons, statements, or facts intended to support or establish a point of view
  • a defense attorney's closing argument
c : an angry quarrel or disagreement
  • having an argument over/about money
  • trying to settle an argument
2 a : 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
5 a mathematics : one of the independent variables upon whose value that of a function depends
b grammar : a substantive (such as the direct object of a transitive verb) that is required by a predicate in grammar
c mathematics : amplitude 4
6 obsolete : an outward sign : indication

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.

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Origin and Etymology of argument

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin argumentum, from arguere — see argue


ARGUMENT Defined for English Language Learners

argument

noun

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

argument

noun ar·gu·ment \ ˈär-gyə-mənt \

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.

Law Dictionary

argument

noun ar·gu·ment

legal Definition of argument

1 : a reason or the reasoning given for or against a matter under discussion — compare evidence, proof
2 : the act or process of arguing, reasoning, or discussing; especially : oral argument


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