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ar•gu•ment(ˈɑr gyə mənt)
If you have a discussion with someone, you have a serious conversation with them.
You say that you have a discussion about something or a discussion on something.
Don't use discussion to refer to a disagreement between people, especially one that results in them shouting angrily at each other. This kind of disagreement is usually called an argument.
|Noun||1.||argument - a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"|
evidence - an indication that makes something evident; "his trembling was evidence of his fear"
proof - a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it
counterargument - an argument offered in opposition to another argument
pro - an argument in favor of a proposal
con - an argument opposed to a proposal
case - a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; "he stated his case clearly"
adducing - citing as evidence or proof
last word - the final statement in a verbal argument; "she always gets the last word"
specious argument - an argument that appears good at first view but is really fallacious
|2.||argument - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"|
difference of opinion, dispute, difference, conflict - a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
firestorm - an outburst of controversy; "the incident triggered a political firestorm"
sparring - an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
polemic - a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
fight - an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
|3.||argument - a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"|
give-and-take, discussion, word - an exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it"
logomachy - argument about words or the meaning of words
|4.||argument - a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie; "the editor added the argument to the poem"|
|5.||argument - (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program|
value - a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed; "the value assigned was 16 milliseconds"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
|6.||argument - a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable|
|7.||argument - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"|
line of inquiry, line of questioning - an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
casuistry - argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
policy - a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government; "they debated the policy or impolicy of the proposed legislation"
quarrel accord, agreement, concurrence
"Argument seldom convinces anyone contrary to his inclinations" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress" [Joseph Joubert Pensées]
I don't want any argument (about it) → no quiero discutir, no hay discusión que valga
to get into an argument (with sb) → empezar a discutir (con algn)
to have an argument (with sb) → discutir (con algn); (more heatedly) → pelearse (con algn)
we had an argument about money → tuvimos una discusión or discutimos por razones de dinero
let's not have an argument about it → no discutamos
there was an argument over the missing plate → hubo una discusión sobre el plato que faltaba
you've only heard one side of the argument → tú sólo conoces una cara del asunto
he had an argument with a wall (hum) → se dio contra la pared
there is some argument as to whether or not it's possible → hay bastante polémica sobre si es posible o no
she is open to argument → está dispuesta a discutirlo
the conclusion is open to argument → la conclusión se presta a discusión or es discutible
to win/lose an argument → ganar/perder (en) un enfrentamiento
see also sake
there is a strong argument for or in favour of doing nothing → existen argumentos or razones de peso para or en favor de no hacer nada
an argument could be made for government intervention → se podrían alegar razones para la intervención del gobierno
if you take this argument one step further → si llevas el razonamiento un poco más allá
his argument is that → él sostiene que ...
see also line 1 A11
argument for sth → argument pour qch
argument against sth → argument contre qch
to have an argument → se disputer
They had an argument → Ils se sont disputés.
to get into an argument → se disputer
argument for/against → argomento a or in favore di/contro
I don't follow your argument → non ti seguo