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1an exchange of diverging or opposite views, typically a heated or angry one:I’ve had an argument with my father heated arguments over public spending there was some argument about the decision 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 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. Computing a value or address passed to a procedure or function at the time of call. Linguistics any of the noun phrases in a clause that are related directly to the verb, typically the subject, direct object, and indirect object. Logic the middle term in a syllogism. 4 archaic a summary of the subject matter of a book.
There is no e
after the u
, even though it comes from argue
. It does not follow the usual rule that the final silent e
is kept when adding endings that begin with a consonant.