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Definition of argumentation

1 : 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 One purpose of debate is to challenge mainstream thinking by identifying unique angles of argumentation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Eastman’s reply was not a model of legal argumentation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 Lyons, an actor himself before turning to playwriting — this is his Broadway debut as an author, and Levingston’s as a director — is operating here in a different tradition from most contemporary fare, which is built on ideas and argumentation. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 His characteristic brew of Yiddish jokes, brainy comics and incisive argumentation is a pleasure to read, even when the subjects are technical and mathematical. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 It’s not just Disney using the pandemic in their argumentation. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 July 2021 The primary aim of each of the photographers is artistic, not argumentative or sociological, though in several cases argumentation comes in a close second., 2 June 2021 So while an amicus’s argumentation can be persuasive, its support for one party or the other carries little weight. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Dan Lahav, a computer scientist on the team who had also been a champion debater, estimated that there were between fifty and seventy types of argumentation that could be applied to just about every possible debate question. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2021 See More

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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 17 May. 2022.

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