argument

An argument is a disagreement between two or more people, but it can also be a statement backed by evidence, like your argument that your school doesn't need a dress code.

Argument comes from the 14th-century French word of the same spelling, meaning "statements and reasoning in support of a proposition." An argument can be a fact used as evidence to show that something is true, like a study that shows exercise improves certain health conditions — an argument for being more active. Argument also means "a discussion between people who have contrary views."

Definitions of argument
  1. noun
    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
    “they were involved in a violent argument
    synonyms: arguing, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt
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    argle-bargle, argy-bargy
    a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
    firestorm
    an outburst of controversy
    sparring
    an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
    polemic
    a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
    fight
    an intense verbal dispute
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    conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
    a disagreement or argument about something important
  2. noun
    a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
    synonyms: argumentation, line, line of reasoning, logical argument
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    line of inquiry, line of questioning
    an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
    casuistry
    argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
    policy
    a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
    clericalism
    a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters
    plank
    an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
    economic policy
    a government policy for maintaining economic growth and tax revenues
    social policy
    a policy of for dealing with social issues
    party line
    the policy of a political group
    foreign policy
    a policy governing international relations
    zero-tolerance policy
    any policy that allows no exception
    Zionism
    a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine
    appeasement
    a policy of pacifying an enemy or potential enemy by making concessions
    austerity
    a policy of drastically reducing government spending
    nativism
    a policy of favoring native-born inhabitants of a country rather than immigrants
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    abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
    thinking that is coherent and logical
  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”
    synonyms: argumentation, debate
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    logomachy
    argument about words or the meaning of words
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    discussion, give-and-take, word
    an exchange of views on some topic
  4. noun
    a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
    “it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true”
    synonyms: statement
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    proof
    a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it
    counterargument, counterclaim
    an argument offered in opposition to another argument
    pro
    an argument in favor of a proposal
    con
    an argument opposed to a proposal
    case
    a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument
    clincher, determiner, determining factor
    an argument that is conclusive
    adducing
    citing as evidence or proof
    last word
    the final statement in a verbal argument
    specious argument
    an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious
    mathematical proof
    proof of a mathematical theorem
    logical proof
    proof of a logical theorem
    demonstration, monstrance
    proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion
    vicious circle
    an argument that assumes that which is to be proved
    straw man, strawman
    a weak or sham argument set up to be easily refuted
    special pleading
    an argument that ignores all unfavorable evidence
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    evidence
    an indication that makes something evident
  5. noun
    a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
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    variable, variable quantity
    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
  6. noun
    (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program
    synonyms: parameter
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    value
    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
    address, computer address, reference
    (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
  7. noun
    a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie
    “the editor added the argument to the poem”
    synonyms: literary argument
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    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
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