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(1)   A variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
(2)   A summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie
"The editor added the argument to the poem"
(3)   A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true
"It was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
(4)   A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
"The argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
(5)   A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
"They were involved in a violent argument"


From < < < ; see argue.


  1. A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason:
  2. A verbal dispute; a quarrel.
  3. A process of reasoning.
  4. A series of statements organized so that the final statement is a conclusion which is intended to follow logically from the preceding statements, which function as premises.
  5. The independent variable of a function.
  6. A value, or reference to a value, passed to a function.
  7. A parameter in a function definition; a formal argument.
  8. A summary or short statement of the plot or chief points of a book.

Usage notes

  • ( formal argument) The use of the word argument without formal as a qualifier is common, but is a loose usage. Parameter is more correct.


(value) actual argument parameter
  • See also Wikisaurus:argument
  • See also Wikisaurus:dispute

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