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Meaning of argument by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Latin argumentum ( “proof, evidence, token, subject, contents” ), from arguere ( “to prove, argue” ); see argue .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɑːɡjʊmənt/, X-SAMPA: /"A:gjUm@nt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɑɹɡjumənt/, X-SAMPA: /"Ar\gjum@nt/


    argument ( plural: arguments )

    1. A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason .
    2. A verbal dispute; a quarrel .
    3. A process of reasoning .
    4. ( philosophy, logic ) A series of propositions organized so that the final proposition is a conclusion which is intended to follow logically from the preceding propositions, which function as premises.
    5. ( mathematics ) The independent variable of a function .
    6. ( programming ) A value, or reference to a value, passed to a function.
      Parameters are like labeled fillable blanks used to define a function whereas arguments are passed to a function when calling it, filling in those blanks .
    7. ( programming ) A parameter in a function definition; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter .
    8. ( linguistics ) Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause .



    Derived terms

    Related terms

    • argue
    • arguer
    • arguable
    • argumentative
    • argumentation

    External links

    • argument in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • argument in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of argument by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood

    2. a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable

    3. a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program

    4. a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie

    5. the editor added the argument to the poem
    6. a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

    7. it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true
    8. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

    9. the argument over foreign aid goes on and on
    10. a contentious speech act

    11. they were involved in a violent argument

    Definition of argument by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Argument n. [F. argument, L. argumentum, fr. arguere to argue.]
      1. Proof; evidence. [Obs.]

      There is.. no more palpable and convincing argument of the existence of a Deity. Ray.

      Why, then, is it made a badge of wit and an argument of parts for a man to commence atheist, and to cast off all belief of providence, all awe and reverence for religion? South.

      2. A reason or reasons offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; reasoning expressed in words; as, “an argument about, concerning, or regarding a proposition, for or in favor of it, or against it”.

      3. A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation.

      The argument is about things, but names. Locke.

      4. The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem.

      You and love are still my argument. Shak.

      The abstract or argument of the piece. Jeffrey.

      [Shields] with boastful argument portrayed. Milton.

      5. Matter for question; business in hand. [Obs.]

      Sheathed their swords for lack of argument. Shak.

      6. ( Astron. ) The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, “the altitude is the argument of the refraction”.

      7. ( Math. ) The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends. Brande & C.

    2. Argument ( ărgument ), v. i. [L. argumentari.] To make an argument; to argue. [Obs.] Gower.