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plural noun

the favorable and the unfavorable factors or reasons; advantages and disadvantages.

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pros and cons

pl n

the various arguments in favour of and against a motion, course of action, etc

Word Origin for pros and cons

C16: from Latin prō for + con, from contrā against
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pros and cons

Arguments or considerations for and against something, as in We'd best weigh all the pros and cons before we decide to add a new wing to the library. This idiom is taken from the Latin pro for “for” and con for “against.” [Late 1500s]

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