a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
"it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing(noun)
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
"they were involved in a violent argument"
argument, argumentation, debate(noun)
a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
"the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
argument, literary argument(noun)
a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie
"the editor added the argument to the poem"
(computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program
a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
argumentation, logical argument, argument, line of reasoning, line(noun)
a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
"I can't follow your line of reasoning"
A fact or statement used to support a proposition; .
A series of propositions organized so that the final proposition is a conclusion which is intended to follow logically from the preceding propositions, which function as premises.
, or reference to a value, passed to a function.
Parameters are like labeled fillable blanks used to define a function whereas arguments are passed to a function when calling it, filling in those blanks.
in a function definition; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter.
Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause.
a reason or reasons offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; reasoning expressed in words; as, an argument about, concerning, or regarding a proposition, for or in favor of it, or against it
a process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation
the subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem
matter for question; business in hand
the quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction
the independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends
to make an argument; to argue
Origin: [L. argumentari.]
In logic and philosophy, an argument is an attempt to persuade someone of something, by giving reasons for accepting a particular conclusion as evident. The general structure of an argument in a natural language is that of premises in support of a claim: the conclusion. The structure of some arguments can also be set out in a formal language, and formally-defined "arguments" can be made independently of natural language arguments, as in math, logic and computer science. In a typical deductive argument, the premises are meant to provide a guarantee of the truth of the conclusion, while in an inductive argument, they are thought to provide reasons supporting the conclusion's probable truth. The standards for evaluating non-deductive arguments may rest on different or additional criteria than truth, for example, the persuasiveness of so-called "indispensability claims" in transcendental arguments, the quality of hypotheses in retroduction, or even the disclosure of new possibilities for thinking and acting. The standards and criteria used in evaluating arguments and their forms of reasoning are studied in logic. Ways of formulating arguments effectively are studied in rhetoric. An argument in a formal language shows the logical form of the symbolically-represented or natural language arguments obtained by its interpretations.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ärg′ū-ment, n. a statement, or reason based on such, offered as proof: a series of reasons or a step in such: discussion: subject of a discourse: summary of the subject-matter of a book: (obs.) matter of controversy.—adjs. Argument′able, Argument′al.—n. Argumentā′tion, an arguing or reasoning.—adj. Argument′ative.—adv. Argument′atively.—n. Argument′ativeness. [L. argumentum. See Argue.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Breaking and entering the ear, assault and battery on the brain and disturbing the peace.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Argument' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1253
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Argument' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1306
Rank popularity for the word 'Argument' in Nouns Frequency: #363
The numerical value of Argument in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Argument in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.
I always resisted the green jobs argument, the global warming argument. All of that wasn't going to work in Georgia.
I see it as crony capitalism. The argument that other countries do it is an argument that just does not fly with me. We’re America.
Never enter into dispute or argument with another. I never yet saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument. I have seen many on their getting warm, becoming rude and shooting one another.
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Translations for Argument
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- дискусия, аргумент, довод, спорBulgarian
- arguzennoù, arguz, arguzoù, tabut, arguzenn, tabutoùBreton
- argument, argumentació, disputaCatalan, Valencian
- argument, hádkaCzech
- Streitgespräch, Diskussion, Argument, Streit, ArgumentationGerman
- όρισμα, επιχείρημα, καβγάςGreek
- bronca, pelea, riña, argumento, discusión, argumentaciónSpanish
- väittely, perustelu, riita, argumenttiFinnish
- argumentation, querelle, argumentFrench
- connsachadh, connspaidScottish Gaelic
- טענה, טיעון, ארגומנט, ויכוחHebrew
- վիճաբանություն, վեճ, արգումենտ, կռվան, փաստարկArmenian
- argomento, argomentazione, discussioneItalian
- 引数, 論争Japanese
- قڕهبڕ, شهڕهقسهKurdish
- далилдөө, негизделүү, тартыш, дискуссия, ыспат, айтыш, негиздөө, аргумент, талаш, жыйынтык, негиз, далил, жүйөKyrgyz
- argumentatio, argumentumLatin
- arguments, argumentācija, neatkarīgais mainīgaisLatvian
- argument, betoog, ruzieDutch
- saadtahNavajo, Navaho
- argumentacja, kłótnia, argumentPolish
- discussão, argumento, argumentaçãoPortuguese
- contraargumentare, argument, ceartă, disputăRomanian
- обоснование, аргумент, спорRussian
- spor, prepirSlovene
- diskussion, dispyt, argument, gräl, argumentationSwedish
- వాగ్వాదము, విభేదించుTelugu
- savunma, ispatlama, genlik, hüccet, akıl yürütme, argument, kanıt, değişken, münakaşa, sav, tartışma, delilTurkish
- lý lẽ, lí lẽVietnamese
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