[ahr-gyuh-men-tey-shuh n]


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.

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

Related Words for argumentation

case, disputation, discussion, argument, debate

Examples from the Web for argumentation

Contemporary Examples of argumentation

Historical Examples of argumentation

  • Her argumentation would puzzle him and cast him down for a time.


    Joseph Conrad

  • I did not suppose she could have understood all of Sebright's argumentation.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • He retained a great deal of his old enthusiasms and lov'd argumentation.

  • Argumentation is the process of establishing the truth or falsity of a thing.

  • Nothing else can be deducted from their argumentation, and this is what we maintain ourselves.

    The Conquest of Bread

    Peter Kropotkin

British Dictionary definitions for argumentation



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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