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  1. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f (x)=y, x is the independent variable Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie; "the editor added the argument to the poem" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Proof; evidence. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Matter for question; business in hand. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To make an argument; to argue. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A persuasive presentation of the law and facts of a case or particular issue within a case to the judge or jury.
  15. A presentation of proofs of, or reasons for or against, something; a discussion, controversy, or debate; summary of a book. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. A reason offered as proof: a series of reasons: a discussion: subject of a discourse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. A reason or train of reasoning; subject of a discourse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. A reason or course of reasoning; demonstration; debate; discussion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. The plot or gist of a work: a summary. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A reason offered in proof; a debate or discussion; the subject of a discourse or writing; an abstract or summary of a book. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. A reason alleged or offered; a discussion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. In rhetoric and logic, an inference drawn from premises, the truth of which is Indisputable, or at least highly probable. The argument of a demurrer, special case, appeal, or other proceeding involving a question of law, consists of the speeches of the opposed counsel; namely, the "opening" of the counsel having the right to begin, (q. v.,) the speech of his opponent, and the "'reply" of the first counsel. It answers to the trial of a question of fact. Sweet. But the submission of printed briefs may technically constitute an argument. Msilcomh v. Hamill. 65 How. Prac. (X. Y.) 500; State v. California Min. Co., 13 Nev. 209. thelawdictionary.org
  23. Practice. Cicero defines it ii probable reason proposed in order to induce belief. Ratio probabilis et idonea ad faciendam fidem. The logicians define it more scientifically to be a means, which by its connexion between two extremes) establishes a relation between them. This subject belongs rather to rhetoric and logio than to law. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  24. (Or "arg") A value or reference passed to afunction, procedure, subroutine, command or program, bythe caller. For example, in the function definitionsquare(x) = x * xx is the formal argument or "parameter", and in the cally = square(3+4)3+4 is the actual argument. This will execute the functionsquare with x having the value 7 and return the result 49.There are many different conventions for passing arguments tofunctions and procedures including call-by-value,call-by-name, call-by-reference, call-by-need. Theseaffect whether the value of the argument is computed by thecaller or the callee (the function) and whether the callee canmodify the value of the argument as seen by the caller (if itis a variable).Arguments to functions are usually, following mathematicalnotation, written in parentheses after the function name,separated by commas (but see curried function). Argumentsto a program are usually given after the command name,separated by spaces, e.g.:cat myfile yourfile hisfileHere "cat" is the command and "myfile", "yourfile", and"hisfile" are the arguments. foldoc_fs
  25. ärg'[=u]-ment, n. a statement, or reason based on such, offered as proof: a series of reasons or a step in such: discussion: subject of a discourse: summary of the subject-matter of a book: (obs.) matter of controversy.--adjs. ARGUMENT'ABLE, ARGUMENT'AL.--n. ARGUMENT[=A]'TION, an arguing or reasoning.--adj. ARGUMENT'ATIVE.--adv. ARGUMENT'ATIVELY.--n. ARGUMENT'ATIVENESS. [L. argumentum. See ARGUE.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Reason advanced (for against, proposition or course); (Logic) middle term in syllogism; reasoning process; debate; summary of subject-matter of book; a. (usu. argumentum) ad hominem, one that takes advantage of character or situation of particular opponent, ad crumenam, of his avarice, ad ignorantiam, of his ignorance of the facts. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. [L.] (Log.) The reasoning involved in the premisses and conclusion of a Syllogism. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  28. n. [Latin] A proof or means of proving; a reason offered in proof; –a process of reasoning; –the subject-matter, or an abstract of the matter, of a discourse. Argumentum ad hominem, an argument against a man drawn from his principles or practice. Cabinet Dictionary
  29. A reason alleged for or against any thing; the subject of any discourse or writing; the contents of any work summed up by way of abtract; controversy. Complete Dictionary

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