from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The presentation and elaboration of an argument or arguments.
  • noun Deductive reasoning in debate.
  • noun A debate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The setting forth of reasons together with the conclusion drawn from them; also, the premises and conclusion so set forth.
  • noun A course of reasoning; discussion; debate.
  • noun Synonyms See reasoning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Debate; discussion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Inference based on reasoning from given propositions
  • noun An exchange of arguments

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
  • noun a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal


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From French, from Latin argumentatio


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