from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The presentation and elaboration of an argument or arguments.
- n. Deductive reasoning in debate.
- n. A debate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Inference based on reasoning from given propositions
- n. An exchange of arguments
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of forming reasons, making inductions, drawing conclusions, and applying them to the case in discussion; the operation of inferring propositions, not known or admitted as true, from facts or principles known, admitted, or proved to be true.
- n. Debate; discussion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The setting forth of reasons together with the conclusion drawn from them; also, the premises and conclusion so set forth.
- n. A course of reasoning; discussion; debate.
- n. Synonyms See reasoning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
- n. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
From French, from Latin argumentatio (Wiktionary)