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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Usually insubstantial words or actions intended to convince or impress: resorted to hand waving instead of arguing rationally.

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  • n. Discussion or argumentation involving approximation, vagueness, educated guessing, or the attempt to explain or excuse vagaries.

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