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argument

noun
     
argument
ar‧gu‧ment S1 W1
1 [countable] a situation in which two or more people disagree, often angrily [= disagreement]
argument with
I broke the vase during an argument with my husband.
argument about/over
an argument about who was responsible for the accident
Henning told the police that she and her husband had an argument before he left.
I got into an argument with the other driver.
Shelton and the woman had a heated argument (=very angry one).
a fierce argument between the two politicians
win/lose an argument
The party hopes to win the argument about how to reform the health system.
2 [countable] a set of reasons that show that something is true or untrue, right or wrong etc:
We need to provide a convincing argument as to why the system should be changed.
argument for/against
a powerful argument against smoking
A good argument can be made for comparing the IT revolution with the invention of writing itself.
the arguments in favour of banning tobacco advertising
argument that
the familiar argument that the costs outweigh the benefits
3 [uncountable] when you disagree with something or question whether it is right
do something without (further) argument
Ian accepted the suggestion without argument.
for the sake of argument (=in order to discuss all the possibilities)
If, for the sake of argument, you aren't offered the job, what will you do?

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