ar·​gu·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌär-gyə-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce argumentation (audio) , -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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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 That purpose is found only in Morgan’s related scholarly essays, where the book’s argumentation can be seen in burgeoning force. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021 In most cases, commenters bypassed argumentation for convenient name-calling or escalated a civil discussion by posting contextless claims with no links or source. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "The toxic feed," 20 Dec. 2020 That’s because a lecture series better lends itself to argumentation than storytelling. Washington Post, "Why human progress is inextricably linked to war," 13 Nov. 2020 If Fox News’s biggest star, Sean Hannity, specializes in angry rants, magnifying internet conspiracy theories and coordinating with Trump, Maddow deals in high-toned if sometimes exasperated argumentation. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "This Is the Moment Rachel Maddow Has Been Waiting For," 1 Oct. 2019 Historically, managers were picked for their legal experience, or for their skills of argumentation. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "What is an impeachment manager and what do they do?," 14 Jan. 2020 Because argumentation focused on specifics like sleep and soap, those were the examples laid out in the opinion. Melissa Howell, Quartz, "How America’s bad eating habits impact kids in detention centers," 26 Aug. 2019 For him, the argumentation was purely practical: Human productivity is positively influenced by longer weekends. Azamat Omuraliev, Quartz, "We should start working less now to mentally prepare ourselves for automation," 27 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of argumentation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Argumentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of argumentation

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

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