ar·​gu·​men·​ta·​tion ˌär-gyə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce argumentation (audio)
: the act or process of forming reasons and of drawing conclusions and applying them to a case in discussion

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
Recent Examples on the Web At the crossroads of many civilizations, in India diverse traditions have come into contact with each other and a spirit of debate and argumentation has arisen. Iese Business School, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The 21st-century United States is, infamously, a preschool classroom of public argumentation. Sam Anderson, New York Times, 3 June 2023 For more than 2,000 years, Euclid’s text was the paradigm of mathematical argumentation and reasoning. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 2 July 2023 The second crowd, Leck says, are skeptics so unyielding they won't be swayed by any amount of argumentation. Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2010 Their argumentation can serve as a marker which points us to underlying economic and political conditions, but in and of itself argument does not move history. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2013 Limit repetitive and excessive argumentation by moving to close debate and vote when everyone’s position has become clear. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2023 This isn’t thoughtful argumentation. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 The leading intellectuals of that world, like AI theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky, wrote for an online forum called Less Wrong, which, like effective altruism, also attracted a community of young people more interested in specific modes of argumentation than politics. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of argumentation was in the 15th century

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“Argumentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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