Definition of Argument

1. Noun. A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true. "It was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"

Exact synonyms: Statement
Generic synonyms: Evidence
Specialized synonyms: Proof, Counterargument, Pro, Con, Case, Clincher, Determiner, Determining Factor, Adducing, Last Word, Specious Argument
Derivative terms: Argue, State

2. Noun. A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement. "They were involved in a violent argument"

3. Noun. A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal. "The argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
Exact synonyms: Argumentation, Debate
Generic synonyms: Discussion, Give-and-take, Word
Specialized synonyms: Logomachy
Derivative terms: Argue, Argue, Argue, Debate, Debate, Debate

4. Noun. A summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie. "The editor added the argument to the poem"
Exact synonyms: Literary Argument
Generic synonyms: Sum-up, Summary

5. Noun. (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program.
Exact synonyms: Parameter
Generic synonyms: Value, Address, Computer Address, Reference
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing

6. Noun. A variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable.
Generic synonyms: Variable, Variable Quantity

7. 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"

Definition of Argument

1. n. Proof; evidence.

2. v. i. To make an argument; to argue.

Definition of Argument

1. Noun. A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason. ¹

2. Noun. A verbal dispute; a quarrel. ¹

3. Noun. A process of reasoning. ¹

4. Noun. (context: philosophy logic) 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. ¹

5. Noun. (mathematics) The independent variable of a function. ¹

6. Noun. (programming) A value, or reference to a value, passed to a function. ¹

7. Noun. (programming) A parameter in a function definition; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter. ¹

8. Noun. (linguistics) Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause. ¹

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Definition of Argument

1. a discussion involving differing points of view [n -S]

Medical Definition of Argument

1. 1. Proof; evidence. "There is. No more palpable and convincing argument of the existence of a Deity." (Ray) "Why, then, is it made a badge of wit and an argument of parts for a man to commence atheist, and to cast off all belief of providence, all awe and reverence for religion?" (South) 2. 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. A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation. "The argument is about things, but names." (Locke) 4. 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." (Shak) "The abstract or argument of the piece." (Jeffrey) "[Shields] with boastful argument portrayed." (Milton) 5. Matter for question; business in hand. "Sheathed their swords for lack of argument." (Shak) 6. The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction. 7. The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends. Origin: F. Argument, L. Argumentum, fr. Arguere to argue. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Argument

argument (current term)
argument ad hominem
argument form
argument forms
argument from design
argumenta ad fidem
argumenta ad hominem
argumenta ad populum
argumenta ad verecundiam

Literary usage of Argument

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"That this famous argument is a mere paralogism, will be plain to any one who will ... Refutation of ttie argument of Mendelssohn for the Substantiality or ..."

2. The Christian View of God and the World as Centring in the Incarnation by James Orr (1893)
"And as, in the theoretic sphere, the cosmological argument presses forward to ... (2) The second argument for the Divine existence is the (2) Theological ..."

3. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with The Journal of a Tour to by James Boswell (1884)
"Nay, Sir, argument is argument. You cannot help paying regard to their ... argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though shot by ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1886)
"The impressiveness of Butler's argument, the candour of his reasonings, and the vigour and originality of his thought have been denied by no one. ..."

5. Composition and Rhetoric for Schools by Robert Herrick, Lindsay Todd Damon (1902)
"Rhetorical Principles in argument.—The two important literary laws in ... The reader or hearer must be able to follow "the line of argument" from the ..."

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