- evidence or proof.
- a matter of contention.
Examples from the Web for argument
I remember that after the movie, people were saying how depressing it was, and I started an argument with them.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The argument now is how to limit certain types of plays that banks can make under certain circumstances.
This is where I think the argument against me falls off the cliff.
History itself has been aptly described as an argument un-ended.
Obama and the Democrats have embraced the argument that suburbs and sprawl are bad for you.
Against the breeze of such high indignation, any argument would be blown away.The Trumpeter Swan|Temple Bailey
I said quite a little after this, and of course the general run of my argument was that I was rather intelligent myself.The Lost Art of Reading|Gerald Stanley Lee
Apologists like Lekebusch and Oertel reject Bleek's argument.Supernatural Religion, Vol. III. (of III)|Walter Richard Cassels
It appears to me that this thinness cannot be used as an argument.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
I would not allow that paper, blown by the wind, to scare me from the highway of the argument!The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for argument
- a process of deductive or inductive reasoning that purports to show its conclusion to be true
- formally, a sequence of statements one of which is the conclusion and the remainder the premises
- an element to which an operation, function, predicate, etc, applies, esp the independent variable of a function
- the amplitude of a complex number
Word Origin and History for argument
early 14c., "statements and reasoning in support of a proposition," from Old French arguement "reasoning, opinion; accusation, charge" (13c.), from Latin argumentum "evidence, ground, support, proof; a logical argument," from arguere "to argue" (see argue). Sense passed through "subject of contention" to "a quarrel," a sense formerly attached to argumentation.
Idioms and Phrases with argument
see under pick a quarrel.