Definition of argument in English:

argument

Syllabification: ar·gu·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈärgyəmənt
 
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noun

  • 2A reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong: there is a strong argument for submitting a formal appeal [with clause]: he rejected the argument that keeping the facility would be costly
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    • This supports the defence argument that they were in the possession of the building at all times.
    • However, there are a number of reasons that would support an argument that the move was acceptable.
    • It makes this assertion in support of its argument that a longer sublease would have been easier to market than a shorter sublease.
    Synonyms
  • 3 Mathematics An independent variable associated with a function and determining the value of the function. For example, in the expression y = F(x1, x2), the arguments of the function F are x1 and x2, and the value is y.
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    • Abel's theorem states that any such sum can be expressed as a fixed number p of these integrals, with integration arguments that are algebraic functions of the original arguments.
    • With Davenport he showed that any real indefinite diagonal quadratic form, in 5 or more variables, takes arbitrarily small values for nonzero integral arguments.
    • I.e., in the equation, x + y = z, x and y are the arguments to the addition function, and z is the value.
  • 3.1 another term for amplitude ( sense 4).
  • 3.2 Computing A value or address passed to a procedure or function at the time of call.
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    • Density files can be used as functions passed as an argument to the isosurface object.
    • The actual work is done in the story subroutine, which is passed six arguments when invoked by Blosxom, corresponding to a number of items having to do with the entry.
    • Depending on the arguments passed, it can display system power status, or it can be used to initiate system standby/suspend transition.
  • 3.3 Linguistics Any of the noun phrases in a clause that are related directly to the verb, typically the subject, direct object, and indirect object.
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    • It does not contain a semantic predicate, either, because the anaphor is not an argument of the verb.
    • Section 3 shows that the operation ARG allows a satisfying analysis of prefixes and particles that introduce new arguments to the verb.
    • This paper focuses on the semantics of implicit arguments and compares it with that of explicit indefinites.
  • 3.4 Logic The middle term in a syllogism.

Phrases

for the sake of argument

As a basis for discussion or reasoning.
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  • Let us suppose, just for the sake of argument, that some big-time editor reads a self-published novel and decides to offer the writer a two-book contract on the strength of it.
  • Suppose, however, for the sake of argument, that he lied.
  • Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that this guard did in fact stop to think things over carefully.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'process of reasoning'): via Old French from Latin argumentum, from arguere 'make clear, prove, accuse'.

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