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ARGUMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does argument mean? 

ARGUMENT (noun)
  The noun ARGUMENT has 5 senses:

1. a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
2. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
3. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
4. a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie
5. a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable

  Familiarity information: ARGUMENT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ARGUMENT (noun)


Sense 1argument [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

argument; statement

Context example:

it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true

Hypernyms ("argument" is a kind of...):

evidence (an indication that makes something evident)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "argument"):

proof (a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it)

specious argument (an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious)

last word (the final statement in a verbal argument)

adducing (citing as evidence or proof)

clincher; determiner; determining factor (an argument that is conclusive)

case (a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument)

con (an argument opposed to a proposal)

pro (an argument in favor of a proposal)

counterargument (an argument offered in opposition to another argument)


Sense 2argument [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

disceptation; controversy; contestation; arguing; contention; argument; disputation; tilt

Context example:

they were involved in a violent argument

Hypernyms ("argument" is a kind of...):

conflict; difference; difference of opinion; dispute (a disagreement or argument about something important)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "argument"):

polemic (a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma))

sparring (an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage)

firestorm (an outburst of controversy)

argle-bargle; argy-bargy (a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument)

fight (an intense verbal dispute)


Sense 3argument [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

debate; argumentation; argument

Context example:

the argument over foreign aid goes on and on

Hypernyms ("argument" is a kind of...):

discussion; give-and-take; word (an exchange of views on some topic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "argument"):

logomachy (argument about words or the meaning of words)


Sense 4argument [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

literary argument; argument

Context example:

the editor added the argument to the poem

Hypernyms ("argument" is a kind of...):

sum-up; summary (a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form)


Sense 5argument [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("argument" is a kind of...):

variable; variable quantity (a quantity that can assume any of a set of values)


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