argue

Definitions

  • A fox without a tail arguing with other foxes
    A fox without a tail arguing with other foxes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v argue present reasons and arguments
    • v argue give evidence of "The evidence argues for your claim","The results indicate the need for more work"
    • v argue have an argument about something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Two in every three car buyers pays the sticker price without arguing.
    • Argue To blame; to accuse; to charge with. "Thoughts and expressions . . . which can be truly argued of obscenity, profaneness, or immorality.""Men of many words sometimes argue for the sake of talking; men of ready tongues frequently dispute for the sake of victory; men in public life often debate for the sake of opposing the ruling party, or from any other motive than the love of truth.""Unskilled to argue , in dispute yet loud,
      Bold without caution, without honors proud."
      "Betwixt the dearest friends to raise debate ."
    • Argue To contend in argument; to dispute; to reason; -- followed by with; as, you may argue with your friend without convincing him.
    • Argue To debate or discuss; to treat by reasoning; as, the counsel argued the cause before a full court; the cause was well argued.
    • Argue To invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure; to use arguments; to reason. "I argue not
      Against Heaven's hand or will."
    • Argue To persuade by reasons; as, to argue a man into a different opinion.
    • Argue To prove or evince; too manifest or exhibit by inference, deduction, or reasoning. "So many laws argue so many sins."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • argue To bring forward reasons to support or to overthrow a proposition, an opinion, or a measure; use arguments; reason: as, A argues in favor of a measure, B argues against it.
    • argue To contend in argument; dispute: as, you may argue with your friend a week without convincing him.
    • argue To debate or discuss; treat by reasoning; state the reasons for or against: as, the counsel argued the cause before the Supreme Court; the cause was well argued.
    • argue To evince; render inferable or deducible; show; imply: as, the order visible in the universe argues a divine cause.
    • argue To affect in any way by argument; induce a change in the mind of, or in regard to, by persuasion or reasoning: as, to argue one out of his purpose; to argue away a false impression.
    • argue To accuse or charge; impeach or convict: used with of.
    • argue Synonyms Argue, Dispute, Debate, Discuss, plead, expostulate, remonstrate. To argue is to defend one's opinion, or to exhibit reasons or proofs in favor of some assertion or principle; it implies a process of detailed proof by one or more persons. To dispute may be to call in question the statements or arguments of an opposing party: as, to dispute about an award. It often means the alternate giving of reasons, especially by two persons. It is often applied to mere bickering, and is in general less dignified than the other words. To debate is to interchange arguments in a somewhat formal manner, as in debating societies and legislative bodies. To discuss is, by derivation, to shake or knock a subject to pieces in order to find the truth, or the best thing to be done. A debate, therefore, may be viewed as a discussion, or a discussion as a debate. Strictly, a discussion is an amicable presentation of opinions, not limited, like the others, to affirmative and negative sides of a proposition, and with the expectation on the part of all that the conclusion will be the adoption of no one person's opinion or plan unmodified. To argue a point, to dispute a position, to dispute with a neighbor, to debate a motion, to discuss a subject or a plan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Argue ärg′ū prove or evince: to prove by argument: to discuss:
    • v.i Argue to offer reasons: to dispute (with against, for, with, about):—pr.p. arg′ūing; pa.p. arg′ūed
    • v.t Argue ärg′ū (obs.) to accuse
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Quotations

  • Anacharsis
    Anacharsis
    “Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.”
  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.”
  • Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
    Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
    “Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”

Idioms

Argue the toss - (UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. arguen, F. arguer, fr. L. argutare, freq. of arguere, to make clear; from the same root as E. argent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. arguer—L. argutāre, freq. of arguĕre, to prove.

Usage

In literature:

Cousin Charley argued if they did not see the show come in they'd miss one of the big sights of the day: they had plenty of time.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
She doesn't trouble to argue; she begins to laugh, and raises her eyebrows.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
You'll have to argue it out by yourself later.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Another letter describes a great intellectual riddle, which was argued for four days at the School of Logic at Louvaine.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
He would still be able to argue with his father on terms not too unequal, he hoped.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Against Miss Pettigrew's tacit approval of the word there was no arguing.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
If you please, I have laid down the proposition, and we will now argue the point.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Some suffragettes have argued, in this matter, that in political crises men also have acted just as badly or worse.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
But, I submit, where all is plain there is nothing to be argued.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
I don't argue, and I'm not afraid.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
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In poetry:

I used to sit with him, and smoke,
And talk of your blue eyes,
And argue how I best might act
To make your heart my prize.
"To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)" by Ellis Parker Butler
Long nights argued away
In meeting halls
Back of interminable stairways - In Roumanian wine-shops
And little Russian tea-rooms…
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
He could in every action show
Some sin, and nobody could doubt him.
He argued high, he argued low,
He also argued round about him.
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
To "Twenty-firstly" on they go,
The lads do not attempt to scout him;
He argued high, he argued low,
He also argued round about him.
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Sad doubtings compass me about,
Yet faith itself could never doubt;
For, as the sacred volume saith,
Much doubting argues little faith.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
In lavish stream his accents flow,
TOM, BOB, and BILLY dare not flout him;
He argued high, he argued low,
He also argued round about him.
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Mouthpiece for Assemblymember Diane Gordon argues entrapment .
Proponents of eradication argue that it would be terrible to waste the $9 billion already spent, and a new analysis concluded that eradication , if successful, would save up to $50 billion by 2035.
Esteemed lawyer Paul Clement's next challenge is arguing against health-care law.
The Ethical Debate, Overall argues that people should be thinking much less about themselves and much more about society at large when deciding to have kids.
In it, he argued that liberalism eventually leads to totalitarianism.
With Senate evenly split, parties argue for access to redistricting lawyers.
Taking a hard-line after seizing an election victory, the White House on Wednesday argued that the election results validated President Obama's view that the tax cuts benefiting wealthy Americans must expire .
Some may say that Stefan Karlsson's assertion that an increasing British trade deficit is a sign of an overvalued pound, arguing instead that it reflects the euro area debt crisis.
James Madison argued that we needn't fear political parties.
Li argues the core elitist faction is the "taizidang," or so-called "princelings" -- the offspring of former revolutionary leaders and high-ranking officials.
Craig argues that in an increasingly automated world, playout operators need stimulation and a break from routine.
Senior baseball analyst for ESPN Insider and former major league GM Jim Bowden argues that no matter what the Rangers do before the trade deadline, there's no way they can match the Angels.
For years, the military has been held in high regard — to the point where some argue it became less accountable to civilian authorities.
Farm worker advocates argued that the new rules would protect young people, who suffer higher injury rates on farms than in other industries.
Agriculture groups argued that the rules would hinder the ability of some teenagers to work on family farms in New York state.
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In science:

It is argued that pointer states are selected by the interaction of quantum systems with the environment, and are not based on any measurement by a conscious observer.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
From these results is argued that in general the n-point Green’s functions for Yang-Mills theories can have nonperturbative pieces which can not be represented as the sum of Feynman diagrams.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
Though one could argue that the magnetization plateaus are connected with the quantum nature of the spins we found for special parameter sets even in the classical chain plateaus in the dependence −mz versus Ω0 (compare dashed curves in Figs. 8a, 8b and in Figs. 2b, 4b).
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
This configuration is argued to be stable in the large N limit6 .
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
As we will discuss below, this approach leads to a simple physical picture for the Hall constant and it might be argued that at least for certain cases, for example for a system of finite size in the y−direction, it is indeed the right one.
Reactive Hall response
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