- an oral disagreement; verbal opposition; contention; altercation: a violent argument.
- a discussion involving differing points of view; debate: They were deeply involved in an argument about inflation.
- a process of reasoning; series of reasons: I couldn't follow his argument.
- a statement, reason, or fact for or against a point: This is a strong argument in favor of her theory.
- an address or composition intended to convince or persuade; persuasive discourse.
- subject matter; theme: The central argument of his paper was presented clearly.
- an abstract or summary of the major points in a work of prose or poetry, or of sections of such a work.
- Computers. a variable in a program, to which a value will be assigned when the program is run: often given in parentheses following a function name and used to calculate the function.
- evidence or proof.
- a matter of contention.
Origin of argument
Related Words for argumentssquabble, clash, exchange, brawl, disagreement, controversy, feud, altercation, dispute, debate, quarrel, bickering, case, claim, contention, discussion, assertion, reasoning, reason, plea
Examples from the Web for arguments
Contemporary Examples of arguments
This is why arguments for little to no federal oversight of education are so disturbing.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Allen met every one of his arguments with a forceful counterargument.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
But it was fun to not write people as people, but missiles and machines as people—with feelings, and arguments, and romance.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
Constitutional arguments aside, there do seem to be some better ways to create conditions for upward mobility among newcomers.Legal but Still Poor: The Economic Consequences of Amnesty
November 21, 2014
And he did it with arguments that many civil libertarians found disingenuous, at best.Rand Paul Beats Ted Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’
Tim Mak, Olivia Nuzzi
November 19, 2014
Historical Examples of arguments
He went over once more the day's arguments for and against the novel emprise.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Arguments she has used to herself in his favour, and in his disfavour.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Tell me that you submit to my arguments, and do not reproach me for using such.Lady Susan
I am aware that these arguments are neither original nor new.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
She listened to all his arguments, but shook her head obstinately at their end.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- a quarrel; altercation
- a discussion in which reasons are put forward in support of and against a proposition, proposal, or case; debatethe argument on birth control will never be concluded
- (sometimes plural) a point or series of reasons presented to support or oppose a proposition
- a summary of the plot or subject of a book, etc
- 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
- logic an obsolete name for the middle term of a syllogism
- an element to which an operation, function, predicate, etc, applies, esp the independent variable of a function
- the amplitude of a complex number
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.
see under pick a quarrel.