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."

Primary Meanings of argument

1.
n
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
2.
n
a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
3.
n
a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie
Full Definitions of argument
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n 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
Types:
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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
Type of:
conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
a disagreement or argument about something important

n 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
Types:
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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
Type of:
abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
thinking that is coherent and logical

n 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
Types:
logomachy
argument about words or the meaning of words
Type of:
discussion, give-and-take, word
an exchange of views on some topic

n 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
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
Type of:
evidence
an indication that makes something evident
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n a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable

Type of:
variable, variable quantity
a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

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

Synonyms:
parameter
Type of:
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
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n 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
Type of:
sum-up, summary
a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form

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