Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The positive and negative attributes or arguments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. the arguments or reasons on either side.

Etymologies

From Latin pro + contra (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A gentleman who is an acknowledged authority on illustration, in lecturing to a class of art students on the pros and cons of working for reproduction, said that to be a successful illustrator one must have, among other qualities, "ingenuity and invention."

    Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

  • I. presented to him the various pros and cons of a trust such as he envisaged, and I reminded him that a small legacy to Mrs Doyle, in whose house he had lived for so many years, might not be out of place provided that he was still living with them at the time of his death.

    A Town Like Alice

  • With all of its wares on the table, including non-Cisco products, the company held candid discussions of the pros and cons of each and let customers make up their own minds.

    THE NEW MARKET LEADERS

  • Then Inspector Wheeler and Montfaron started to argue the pros and cons of living in a time when everyone was ignorant of world events, as opposed to living in the twenty-first century, when news traveled around the planet at the speed of light.

    THE TIME QUAKE

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