Argument

# Argument

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In philosophy and logic, an argument
Argument
In philosophy and logic, an argument is an attempt to persuade someone of something, or give evidence or reasons for accepting a particular conclusion.Argument may also refer to:-Mathematics and computer science:...

is an attempt to persuade someone of something, or give evidence or reasons for accepting a particular conclusion.

Argument may also refer to:

## Mathematics and computer science

• Argument (complex analysis), a function which returns the polar angle of a complex number
• Argument (computer science), a piece of data provided as input to a subroutine
• Argument principle
Argument principle
In complex analysis, the argument principle determines the difference between the number of zeros and poles of a meromorphic function by computing a contour integral of the function's logarithmic derivative....

, a theorem in complex analysis about meromorphic functions inside and on a closed contour
• An argument of a function
Argument of a function
In mathematics, an argument of a function is a specific input in the function, also known as an independent variable. When it is clear from the context which argument is meant, the argument is often denoted by arg....

, also known as an independent variable
Independent variable
The terms "dependent variable" and "independent variable" are used in similar but subtly different ways in mathematics and statistics as part of the standard terminology in those subjects...

## Language and rhetoric

• Argument (literature)
Argument (literature)
An argument in literature is a brief summary, often in prose, of a poem or section of a poem or other work. It is often appended to the beginning of each chapter, book, or canto...

, a brief summary, often in prose, of a poem or section of a poem or other work
• Argument (linguistics), a phrase that appears in a syntactic relationship with the verb in a clause
• Oral argument
Oral argument
Oral arguments are spoken presentations to a judge or appellate court by a lawyer of the legal reasons why they should prevail. Oral argument at the appellate level accompanies written briefs, which also advance the argument of each party in the legal dispute...

, in US law, a spoken presentation to a judge or appellate court by a lawyer (or parties when representing themselves) of the legal reasons why they should prevail
• Closing argument
Closing argument
A closing argument, summation, or summing up is the concluding statement of each party's counsel reiterating the important arguments for the trier of fact, often the jury, in a court case. A closing argument occurs after the presentation of evidence...

, in law, the concluding statement of each party's counsel reiterating the important arguments in a court case

## Other uses

• Argument (ship)
Argument (ship)
The Argument was an Australian sloop wrecked in 1809.In March 1809, three ships, the Argument, the Experiment and the Hazard left Pittwater, New South Wales, bound for Sydney with a cargo of wheat. A squall arose and the master of the Argument, Bejamin Pate, watched as the Hazard was driven...

, an Australian sloop wrecked in 1809
• The Argument
The Argument
The Argument was released by Dischord Records on October 16, 2001, along with their EP, Furniture + 2, almost 4 years after the release of End Hits. The album was met with critical and commercial success entering the Billboard charts and selling 174,000 copies in its first week of release...

, the sixth studio album from the post-hardcore band Fugazi
• The Argument Sketch, a sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus
• A disagreement
Controversy
Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of opinion. The word was coined from the Latin controversia, as a composite of controversus – "turned in an opposite direction," from contra – "against" – and vertere – to turn, or versus , hence, "to turn...

between two or more parties or the discussion of the disagreement