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
Industry groups representing the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon.com Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have used various arguments to defeat or weaken proposals.
Yet anything less than the original soldier would seem to undercut historical arguments for the statue.
A spokesman said Tuesday that an argument in the 4000 block of Woodruff Avenue turned violent in the early morning hours.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on October 10.
Feb. 7 The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals began to hear oral arguments from the Justice Department as well as lawyers from the states of Washington and Minnesota who opposed the ban.
The line of arguments regarded the consequences of a separate court’s redistricting ruling that came after the 2012 elections, but before the Legislature formally adopted the San Antonio court’s temporary maps.
The incident happened around noon in the 700 block of I Street when a 31-year-old man got into an argument with his father, 59, and broke a china cabinet and antique china, according to reports.
A person who actually weighs several arguments before coming to a decision, who admits descent, who welcomes it.
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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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