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
Judge Quinn rejected those arguments, noting that the Altmans had given several interviews to the news media over the past 17 years about their longtime friend.
These arguments could carry more weight if the case rises to the more conservative Supreme Court.
During an argument, a male cut an acquaintance with a box cutter.
Six years ago, on July 5, her brother Joshua was shot to death during an argument at the Sheppard Square housing complex.
But, in a 49-page opinion published Thursday, the three-judge panel that considered the appeal rejected all of Nere's arguments.
Cozart and Votto were the two Reds players with the most obvious All-Star credentials, although other players with an argument to make the team were left off.
Barker, who was nominated to the federal court by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, had expressed skepticism about some of the law's provisions during June 13 arguments on the injunction.
Meanwhile, the conservative kids on campus will have spent every waking moment defending their ideas, refining and developing their arguments.
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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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