Definition for AR'GU-MENT

AR'GU-MENT, n. [L. argumentum.]

  1. A reason offered for or against a proposition, opinion, or measure; a reason offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; followed by for or against.
  2. In logic, an inference drawn from premises, which are indisputable, or at least of probable truth. – Encyc.
  3. The subject of a discourse or writing. – Milton. Shak.
  4. An abstract or summary of a book, or the heads of the subjects.
  5. A debate or discussion; a series of reasoning; as, an argument was had before the court, in which argument, all the reasons were urged.
  6. In astronomy, an arch by which we seek another unknown arch, proportional to the first. – Chambers.

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