argument

noun
ar·​gu·​ment | \ ˈär-gyə-mənt How to pronounce argument (audio) \

Definition of argument

1a : 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
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 abstract entry 2 sense 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 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 sense 4
6 obsolete : an outward sign : indication

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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.
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The Justice had to miss oral arguments in court for the first time in her 25 years on the Supreme Court, due to a recent medical problem. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Back on the Bench, and Seems as Healthy as Ever," 20 Feb. 2019 This is in many ways intuitive: People of every country get into arguments and fights with friends, family, and peers. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union’s argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law keeping police personnel records secret. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage," 19 Feb. 2019 In the year since the Falcon Heavy test and Roadster launch Musk has sold flamethrowers and gotten into needless Twitter arguments. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "One Year On, the Falcon Heavy's Successful Launch Is Still Incredible," 6 Feb. 2019 Obviously, there are arguments that arise between the two of them. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Richard Rankin Weighs in on Roger's Role in Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 21 Jan. 2019 There are obviously more than a few things wrong with these arguments. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "People Love Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Even More After Dance Video Meant to Shame Her," 3 Jan. 2019 Audiences have also been drawn to the film because of Neville’s craftily constructed argument for decency. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 One of the arguments against buying into GeForce RTX has been the lack of game support for the new technology. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of argument

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for argument

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

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The first known use of argument was in the 14th century

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argument

noun

English Language Learners 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

argument

noun
ar·​gu·​ment | \ ˈär-gyə-mənt How to pronounce argument (audio) \

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.

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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