Definitions for Argumentˈɑr gyə mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•gu•ment*ˈɑr gyə mənt(n.)

  1. an oral disagreement; contention; altercation.

  2. a discussion involving differing points of view; debate.

  3. a process of reasoning; series of reasons.

  4. a statement, reason, or fact for or against a point:

    a strong argument.

  5. discourse intended to persuade.

  6. subject matter; theme.

  7. an abstract or summary of the major points of a literary work or sections of such a work.

    Category: Literature

  8. Math. an independent variable of a function. the angle made by a given vector with the reference axis. the angle corresponding to a point representing a given complex number in polar coordinates.

    Category: Math

    Ref: Also called amplitude. 7

* Syn: argument , controversy , dispute imply the expression and discussion of differing opinions. An argument usu. arises from a disagreement between two persons, each of whom advances facts supporting his or her point of view: an argument over a debt. A controversy is usu. a public expression of contrary opinions; it may be dignified and of some duration: a political controversy. A dispute is an oral contention, usu. brief, and often of an angry or undignified character: a heated dispute between neighbors.

Origin of argument:

1325–75; ME (< OF) < L argūmentum. See argue , -ment

Princeton's WordNet

  1. argument, statement(noun)

    a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

    "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. 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"

  5. argument, parameter(noun)

    (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program

  6. argument(noun)

    a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable

  7. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. argument(noun)ˈɑr gyə mənt

    an angry disagreement

    an argument about who would pay; to have an argument; You're always getting into arguments.

  2. argumentˈɑr gyə mənt

    reasons sb gives to support an opinion

    the argument for/against going to war


  1. argument(Noun)

    A fact or statement used to support a proposition; .

  2. argument(Noun)

    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.

  3. argument(Noun)

    , 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.

  4. argument(Noun)

    in a function definition; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter.

  5. argument(Noun)

    Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Argument(noun)

    proof; evidence

  2. Argument(noun)

    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

  3. Argument(noun)

    a process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation

  4. Argument(noun)

    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

  5. Argument(noun)

    matter for question; business in hand

  6. Argument(noun)

    the quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction

  7. Argument(noun)

    the independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends

  8. Argument(verb)

    to make an argument; to argue


  1. Argument

    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.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Breaking and entering the ear, assault and battery on the brain and disturbing the peace.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Argument' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1253

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Argument' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1306

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Argument' in Nouns Frequency: #363

Translations for Argument

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a quarrel or unfriendly discussion

They are having an argument about/over whose turn it is.

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