What is argument?

  • (noun): A summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie.
    Example: "The editor added the argument to the poem"
    Synonyms: literary argument
    See also — Additional definitions below


In and philosophy, an argument is an attempt to persuade someone of something, by giving reasons or evidence for accepting a particular conclusion. The general structure of an argument in a natural language is that of premises (typically in the form of propositions, statements or sentences) in support of a claim: the conclusion. Many arguments can also be formulated in a formal language. An argument in a formal language shows the logical form of the natural language arguments obtained by its interpretations.*

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Default Arguments
... In computer programming, a default argument is an argument to a function that a programmer is not required to specify ... In most programming languages, functions may take one or more arguments ... Usually, each argument must be specified in full (this is the case in the C programming language) ...
Retro-bolting - Argument - Against
... Climbing is an adventure sport that is inherently risky ... A climber should understand and accept this risk ...
Argument - Fallacies and Nonarguments
... A fallacy is an invalid argument that appears valid, or a valid argument with disguised assumptions ... separate the premises from the conclusion of an argument, but this is not necessarily so ... Thus Socrates is a man, all men are mortal therefore Socrates is mortal is clearly an argument (a valid one at that), because it is clear it is asserted that Socrates is mortal follows from the ...
Delaware Supreme Court - Procedure - Oral Argument
... the Court's appellate jurisdiction is mandatory, it is not required to hear oral argument ... Each attorney in oral argument is given 20 minutes to present its side, except for capital cases, in which each side is given 30 minutes ... a three justice panel, the lawyers presenting argument do not know the identity of the justices hearing the argument until the justices enter the courtroom ...
Exec (operating System) - Prototypes - Arg0
... The first argument arg0 should be the name of the executable file ... Usually it is the same value as the path argument ... Some programs may incorrectly rely on this argument providing the location of the executable, but there is no guarantee of this nor is it standardized across platforms ...

More definitions of "argument":

  • (noun): A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal.
    Example: "The argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
    Synonyms: argumentation, debate
  • (noun): A variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable.
  • (noun): A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true.
    Example: "It was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
    Synonyms: statement

Famous quotes containing the word argument:

    The argument is over.
    St. Augustine (354–430)

    If this phrase of the “balance of power” is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.
    John Bright (1811–1889)

    Our argument ... will result, not upon logic by itself—though without logic we should never have got to this point—but upon the fortunate contingent fact that people who would take this logically possible view, after they had really imagined themselves in the other man’s position, are extremely rare.
    Richard M. Hare (b. 1919)