argument has definitions from the fields of mathematics,writing
[ noun ] a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true




"it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"

Used in print

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

In_fact , it is in just such a situation that the profundity of Bultmann 's argument is disclosed .

This must be stressed because it is absolutely essential to the argument of this concluding chapter .

In_order to make the implications of our position as clear as possible , we may develop this argument at greater length .

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

The argument against this last approach is comparable_to that which rejects stories about hoop_snakes , about snakes that break themselves into many pieces and join up again , or even of ghosts that chase people out of graveyards ; the mere piling_up of testimony does not prove , to the scientific mind , the existence of hoop_snakes , joint_snakes , or ghosts .

(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)

The fact that there can not be any limit_points of the set except in closed_intervals follows from the argument used in Lemma 1 , namely , that near any tangent point in the C-plane the curves C and **f are analytic , and therefore the difference between them must be a monotone function in some neighborhood on either side of the tangent point .

[ noun ] a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement


"they were involved in a violent argument"

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(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

Obviously , a satisfactory answer to the third question is imperative , if the argument is to get under_way at_all , for if there is any possibility of doubt whether the patient 's tactual sensitivity had been impaired by the occipital lesion , any findings whatsoever in regard_to the first question become completely ambiguous and fail altogether , of_course , as evidence to establish the desired conclusion .

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

Scotty accepted the decision with indifference and did not enter the arguments .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

It was hardly possible to get any argument on the subject .

(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)

He was to get involved in no arguments ; he was to try to make no converts ; he was simply to listen and report back what he heard .

[ noun ] a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal


"the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"

Used in print

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

The argument was typically advanced in_terms_of U._S. `` prestige '' .

(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)

She had the opportunity that few clever women can resist , of showing her superiority in argument over a man .

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[ noun ] (writing) a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie


"the editor added the argument to the poem"

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(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

Willie 's big day revived the running argument about the relative merits of Mays and Mickey_Mantle .

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[ noun ] (mathematics) a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable

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