Argument

Definition of Argument

Ar´gu`ment   Pronunciation: ăr´gũ`ment
n.1.Proof; evidence.
There is.. no more palpable and convincing argument of the existence of a Deity.
- Ray.
Why, then, is it made a badge of wit and an argument of parts for a man to commence atheist, and to cast off all belief of providence, all awe and reverence for religion?
- South.
2.A reason or reasons offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; reasoning expressed in words; as, an argument about, concerning, or regarding a proposition, for or in favor of it, or against it.
3.A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation.
The argument is about things, but names.
- Locke.
4.The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem.
You and love are still my argument.
- Shak.
The abstract or argument of the piece.
- Jeffrey.
[Shields] with boastful argument portrayed.
- Milton.
5.Matter for question; business in hand.
Sheathed their swords for lack of argument.
- Shak.
6.(Astron.) The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction.
7.(Math.) The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends.
v. i.1.To make an argument; to argue.

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