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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Michael Dunn, who is white, was later convicted of first-degree murder in that earlier killing, a shooting that erupted during an argument about loud music coming from a car carrying Davis and other black teenagers. Washington Post, "Outrage over killing of black teen over rap music complaint," 10 July 2019 In the footage, A$AP Rocky and his entourage are approached by two young men on the street when an argument between the groups breaks out. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "A$AP Rocky Allegedly Being Held in 'Inhumane Conditions' While Detained in Sweden: Source," 9 July 2019 Michael Dunn, who is white, was later convicted of first-degree murder in that earlier killing, a shooting that erupted during an argument about loud music coming from a car carrying Davis and other black teenagers. Anita Snow, BostonGlobe.com, "Outrage over black Arizona teen stabbed to death for playing rap music," 9 July 2019 The essay form is best for making an argument that is more or less rational, and my feelings on the subject are too complicated and contradictory for that. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Mary Gaitskill on the Power of Fiction for Examining #MeToo," 8 July 2019 At the time, Postman’s argument no doubt made a lot of sense. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 There was no shooting, but shortly after 10 p.m. there was a stabbing in which a young man wounded three people after an argument outside the landmark. NBC News, "Warning about possible shooter sparked Navy Pier stampede, Chicago police say," 6 July 2019 The four left the party together, Dwyer said, and during the ride to Warren got into an argument. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Cops: Suspect beat Warren man to death, was arrested after returning to get shoes," 5 July 2019 The man got into an argument with three suspects, which turned into a physical fight, San Diego Police Sgt. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man stabbed at Adams Avenue on Fourth of July," 4 July 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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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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