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)



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