[ ahr-gyuh-men-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɑr gyə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən /


the process of developing or presenting an argument; reasoning.
discussion; debate; disputation: The lengthy argumentation tired many listeners.
a discussion dealing with a controversial point.
the setting forth of reasons together with the conclusion drawn from them.
the premises and conclusion so set forth.

Nearby words

  1. arguedas, alcides,
  2. arguendo,
  3. arguer,
  4. argufy,
  5. argument,
  6. argumentative,
  7. argumentum,
  8. argumentum ad hominem,
  9. argun,
  10. argus

Origin of argumentation

1400–50; late Middle English argumentacioun (< Middle French) < Latin argūmentātiōn- (stem of argūmentātiō). See argument, -ation

Related formsar·gu·men·ta·tious, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for argumentation


/ (ˌɑːɡjʊmɛnˈteɪʃən) /


the process of reasoning methodically
a less common word for argument (def. 2), argument (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for argumentation



mid-15c., "presentation of formal arguments," from Old French argumentacion (14c.), from Latin argumentationem (nominative argumentatio) "the bringing forth of a proof," noun of action from past participle stem of argumentari (see argue). Meaning "debate, wrangling, argument back and forth" is from 1530s.

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