Meaning of ARGUMENT in English

ARGUMENT

noun

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ADJECTIVE

▪ bitter , heated , violent

▪ big

I had a big ~ with my mother this morning.

▪ little , petty , pointless , silly , stupid

▪ age-old

VERB + ARGUMENT

▪ become involved in , get into , get involved in , have

I don't want to get into an ~ with her.

▪ cause , provoke , start

▪ lose , win

I was determined to win the ~.

▪ settle

Jory was always the one who settled ~s between us.

ARGUMENT + VERB

▪ arise , break out , develop , erupt

Minutes later a violent ~ erupted.

▪ ensue

He felt offended by the suggestion, and a violent ~ ensued.

▪ rage

the bitter ~s raging about who was the real winner

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ about

We had an ~ about what we should buy.

▪ ~ between

an ~ between her parents

▪ ~ over

The ~ over decentralization will probably continue for ever.

▪ ~ with

an ~ with his wife

PHRASES

▪ brook no ~

‘You'll come home with me.’ His voice brooked no ~.

2 reason supporting opinion

ADJECTIVE

▪ basic , general

▪ central , main

▪ closing

In her closing ~, the prosecutor said that the hairs found on the defendant matched those of the victim.

▪ forceful , good , major , powerful , sound , strong , valid

▪ cogent , compelling , conclusive , convincing , persuasive

There is a convincing ~ for the Federal Government to take greater responsibility for cities.

The author makes a compelling ~ for the use of hydrogen as a fuel.

▪ credible , plausible

Their ~ sounds plausible, but is it really valid?

▪ substantive ( formal , esp. AmE )

▪ bogus , fallacious ( formal ), slippery-slope ( AmE ), specious ( formal ), spurious , weak

▪ ridiculous

▪ circular

▪ legitimate , reasonable

▪ logical , rational , reasoned , well-reasoned

▪ opposing

▪ economic , legal , moral , philosophical , political , theoretical , etc.

VERB + ARGUMENT

▪ advance , deploy , make , mount , offer , present , put forward , use

He put forward some very convincing ~s.

▪ articulate

▪ develop

This ~ is developed further in the next chapter.

▪ build , construct , formulate , frame

the language used to frame the legal ~s

▪ reiterate , repeat

▪ bolster , buttress , illustrate , reinforce , strengthen , support , underline

Do you have any evidence to support your ~?

▪ consider , hear , listen to

▪ address

I'll briefly address each ~.

▪ accept , agree with

▪ dismiss , reject

The company dismissed his ~s as alarmist.

▪ counter , discredit , rebut , refute

She tried to think how to refute the ~ on moral grounds.

▪ demolish , undercut , undermine , weaken

▪ summarize

▪ apply

This ~ can be applied to other contexts.

ARGUMENT + VERB

▪ be based on sth

The government's ~ is always based on how much such a plan would cost.

▪ depend on sth , rely on sth , rest on sth , revolve around sth

▪ boil down to sth

As I see it, his ~ boils down to a combination of two basic points.

▪ go , run

Centralized government, so the ~ goes, is too far removed from the problems of ordinary citizens.

▪ apply (to sth)

The same ~ applies to adoption.

▪ justify sth

▪ support sth

▪ imply sth , suggest sth

These ~s suggest that the medical establishment had an interest in suppressing the research.

▪ show sth

▪ assume sth

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ against

the ~s against lowering taxes

▪ ~ concerning

~s concerning the nature of morality

▪ ~ for

There is a very good ~ for increasing spending.

▪ ~ in favour/favor of

What are the ~s in favour/favor of change?

PHRASES

▪ all sides of an ~ , both sides of an ~

He was able to see both sides of the ~.

▪ a flaw in the ~

I can see no flaw in your ~.

▪ a line of ~

I can see a few problems with this line of ~.

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