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noun argument pronunciation in British English /ˈɑː(r)ɡjʊmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an angry disagreement between people
    a heated argument (=extremely angry disagreement)
    without an argument: They won’t accept higher prices without an argument.
    have an argument (with someone): I’ve had an argument with my girlfriend.
    get into an argument (with someone): Every time we visit my family, he gets into an argument with my sister.
    argument about/over: I try to avoid arguments about money.
    1. a.
      a discussion or debate between people with different views, opinions etc
      win/lose an argument: We can win this argument if we present the facts clearly.
      argument about/over: The party is involved in an argument over economic policy.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a reason or set of reasons that you use for persuading other people to support your views, opinions etc
    The Court of Appeal rejected her arguments.
    His main argument is stated in the opening chapter.
    argument for/against: There are powerful arguments against releasing them from prison.
    You could make an argument for working shorter hours.


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