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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.


Synonymsstatement


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


Synonymsparameter


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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