argument - definition and synonyms


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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

    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.