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English noun: argument

1. argument (communication) a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

SamplesIt was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true.


Broader (hypernym)evidence

Narrower (hyponym)adducing, case, clincher, con, counterargument, determiner, determining factor, last word, pro, proof, specious argument

2. argument (communication) a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

SamplesThey were involved in a violent argument.

Synonymsarguing, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt

Broader (hypernym)conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute

Narrower (hyponym)argle-bargle, argy-bargy, fight, firestorm, polemic, sparring

3. argument (communication) a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

SamplesThe argument over foreign aid goes on and on.

Synonymsargumentation, debate

Broader (hypernym)discussion, give-and-take, word

Narrower (hyponym)logomachy

4. argument (communication) a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie

SamplesThe editor added the argument to the poem.

Synonymsliterary argument

Broader (hypernym)sum-up, summary

5. argument (communication) (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program


Broader (hypernym)address, computer address, reference, value

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

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

Broader (hypernym)variable, variable quantity

7. argument (cognition) a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning

SamplesI can't follow your line of reasoning.

Synonymsargumentation, line, line of reasoning, logical argument

Broader (hypernym)abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning

Narrower (hyponym)casuistry, line of inquiry, line of questioning, policy

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