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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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 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 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

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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