ar·​gu·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌär-gyə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of argumentation 

1 : the act or process of forming reasons and of drawing conclusions and applying them to a case in discussion

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Examples of argumentation in a Sentence

He tried to use argumentation to convince his opponents, rather than force. the matter is not subject to argumentation; my decision is final

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Sessions’s argument that U.S. citizens should unquestioningly submit and obey to governing authorities follows these lines of argumentation. Laura Nasrallah, Washington Post, "What Jeff Sessions got wrong when quoting the Bible," 15 June 2018 Ratings for grammar, vocabulary and argumentation were similar between groups. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "It's True: Alcohol Helps You Speak a Foreign Language Better," 20 Oct. 2017 The reader feels less and less interested in the narrative vicissitudes, and might well start glazing over in those passages of argumentation in which each thing is revealed to be its opposite. Sven Birkerts, New Republic, "Laurent Binet and the Case of the Dead Author," 20 Sep. 2017 In short, the United States got the resolution not by clever arm-twisting or persuasive argumentation but by accommodating Beijing's reservations., "Analysis: Donald Trump is defining successful foreign policy down," 8 Aug. 2017 His philosophizing relied on a particularly college-aged line of argumentation. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road," 19 June 2017 His philosophizing relied on a particularly college-aged line of argumentation. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road," 19 June 2017 Music is no stranger to argumentation and the tireless dance of human subjectivity. Riordan Zentler,, "At Cow Records in Ocean Beach, one man keeps the vinyls spinning," 23 June 2017 And, as Joan Acocella writes in her review in The New Yorker, hatred of Roy isn’t limited to India: Many people on the right hate her, of course, and not just for her skill in argumentation. Erin Blakemore, Longreads, "Arundhati Roy Doesn’t Care What You Think," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of argumentation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of argumentation

: the act or process of giving reasons for or against something : the act or process of making and presenting arguments

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obstinately defiant of authority

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