What does argument mean?

Definitions for argument
ˈɑr gyə məntar·gu·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word argument.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. argument(Noun)

    A fact or statement used to support a proposition; .

  2. argument(Noun)

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

  3. argument(Noun)

    A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason.

    There is no more palpable and convincing argument of the existence of a Deity.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  4. argument(Noun)

    A verbal dispute; a quarrel.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  5. argument(Noun)

    A process of reasoning.

    The argument is not about things, but names.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  6. 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.

       Consider the argument:    15) I am hungry; therefore I am hungry. Intuitively this should count as valid. But suppose we thought of the components of arguments as sentences, and suppose we imagine the context shifting between the utterance of the premise and the utterance of the conclusion. Suppose you are hungry and utter the premise, and I am not hungry and utter the conclusion. Then we would have a true premise and a false conclusion, so the argument would not be valid. Clearly we need to avoid such problems, and introducing the notion of a proposition, in the style of this section, is one way of doing so.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  7. argument(Noun)

    The independent variable of a function.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  8. argument(Noun)

    The phase of a complex number.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  9. argument(Noun)

    A value, or reference to a value, passed to a function.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  10. argument(Noun)

    A parameter at a function call; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  11. argument(Noun)

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  12. argument(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  13. argument(Noun)

    The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends.

    The altitude is the argument of the refraction.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  14. 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.

    You and love are still my argument.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

  15. argument(Noun)

    Matter for question; business in hand.

    As neere as I could ſift him on that argument, On ſome apparant danger ſeene in him, Aym‘d at your Highneſſe, no inueterate malice.

    Etymology: From Middle English , from Anglo-Norman , from Old French , from Latin argumentum ("proof, evidence, token, subject, contents") , from arguō ("to prove, argue") ; see argue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Argument(noun)

    proof; evidence

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  3. Argument(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  5. Argument(noun)

    matter for question; business in hand

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  6. Argument(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  7. Argument(noun)

    the independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

  8. Argument(verb)

    to make an argument; to argue

    Etymology: [L. argumentari.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Argument

    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

  1. ARGUMENT

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. argument

    An astronomical quantity upon which an equation depends,--or any known number by which an unknown one proportional to the first may be found.

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of argument in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of argument in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of argument in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    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.

  2. Alejandro Garcia:

    The Fifth Circuit's powerful and well-reasoned opinion correctly found that the State likely would prevail on its argument that Texas's mail-in voting laws comply with the U.S. Constitution, this is clearly a ploy by the Texas Democratic Party to further confuse Texas voters. This office will continue to defend the integrity of our electoral process.

  3. Barack Obama:

    He said, 'Ah, Mr. President, you don't understand society here. This is all going to be fine. It'll blow over.' And it didn't, but the trendline is one that I will sustain throughout the rest of my presidency and that is to make an argument to those friends and allies of ours that if they want a society that is going to be able to sustain itself in this age, then they're going to have to change how they do business.

  4. Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz:

    It is legitimate to have an argument about distinguishing terrorists from the Palestinian population, it is completely clear that the more you differentiate, the more your ability to deter is limited.

  5. Paul Callan:

    There's a very, very strong argument to make that this case will get tossed by a judge at an early stage.

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Translations for argument

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  • حجةArabic
  • 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
  • استدلالPersian
  • väittely, perustelu, riita, argumenttiFinnish
  • argumentation, querelle, argumentFrench
  • aighneasIrish
  • connsachadh, connspaidScottish Gaelic
  • טענה, טיעון, ארגומנט, ויכוחHebrew
  • बिबादHindi
  • 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
  • argumentAlbanian
  • diskussion, dispyt, argument, gräl, argumentationSwedish
  • வாதம்Tamil
  • వాగ్వాదము, విభేదించుTelugu
  • savunma, ispatlama, genlik, hüccet, akıl yürütme, argument, kanıt, değişken, münakaşa, sav, tartışma, delilTurkish
  • lý lẽ, lí lẽVietnamese

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