• WordNet 3.6
    • adj argumentative given to or characterized by argument "an argumentative discourse","argumentative to the point of being cantankerous","an intelligent but argumentative child"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The horse race starting gate is a Canadian invention, designed in the early 1900s by Philip McGinnis, a racetrack reporter from Huntingdon, Quebec. The device proved popular because it prevented arguments caused when horses started prematurely.
    • Argumentative Adductive as proof; indicative; as, the adaptation of things to their uses is argumentative of infinite wisdom in the Creator.
    • Argumentative Consisting of, or characterized by, argument; containing a process of reasoning; as, an argumentative discourse.
    • Argumentative Given to argument; characterized by argument; disputatious; as, an argumentative writer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • argumentative Consisting in argument; containing a process of reasoning; controversial: as, an argumentative discourse.
    • argumentative Showing reasons for.
    • argumentative Addicted to argument; disputatious: as, an argumentative writer; he is very argumentative.
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  • Booth Tarkington
    Booth Tarkington
    “Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.”
  • Janet Frame
    Janet Frame
    “For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.”


In literature:

The mode of producing Shakespeare on the stage in Germany supplies an argument to the same effect.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
Paley's typical case quoted and examined, in order to illustrate the root fallacy of his Argument from Design.
"A Candid Examination of Theism" by George John Romanes
A claim of this nature was more properly supported by military force than by argument and reasoning.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
On the other hand, the fallacy and treachery of this argument were demonstrated.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
What have I gained in the argument, what has he lost, by my having said, not "an Anglican Sermon," but "a Protestant Sermon?
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
But I cannot consent to go through all the arguments; I am weary of them.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Let us grant even, for the argument, that nothing more is possible than mankind has yet achieved.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
The argument from geology is the argument from the distribution of species in time.
"The Scientific Evidences of Organic Evolution" by George John Romanes
My object in this little volume has been to refute some of the arguments usually advanced against Free Trade.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
The devil's advocate has the laugh distinctly on his side, whatever may be said of the argument.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
The bias of loyalty is not a matter on which argument is tolerated.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
Men begin to fight about things when reason and argument fail to convince them.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
This opportunism defends itself by an appeal to the "evolutionary" argument, that progress must necessarily be extremely slow.
"Socialism As It Is" by William English Walling
All the arguments which Zeno uses against multiplicity and motion are in reality merely variations of one argument.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
I ask no argument from learned lips.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
It may be well, therefore, to examine the argument which has been so frequently erected upon the maxim in question.
"An Examination of President Edwards' Inquiry into the Freedom of the Will" by Albert Bledsoe
If the movements of mind are necessary, no argument is required to prove that all being and events are necessary.
"A Review of Edwards's" by Henry Tappan
The characters of both speaker and listener are necessary in order that one may receive an understanding of the argument.
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
This pertinent counter-question paralyzes the Jewish leaders and Jesus drives His argument home by three parables.
"A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ" by Archibald Thomas Robertson
So that, in fact, this argument makes the system more objectionable.
"Calvinistic Controversy" by Wilbur Fisk

In poetry:

Your scruples and arguments bring to my mind
A story so pat, you may think it is coined,
On purpose to answer you, out of my mint;
But I can assure you I saw it in print.
"Pity For Poor Africans" by William Cowper
At last, when, breath and patience spent,
I had recourse to smoking -
"Your AIM," he said, "is excellent:
But - when you call it ARGUMENT -
Of course you're only joking?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
Some were born with a talent,
Some with scrip and land;
Some with a spoon of silver,
And some with a different brand;
But Uncle Sammy came holding an argument in each hand.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton
He felt the charm of childhood, grace of youth,
Grandeur of age, insisting to be sung.
The impassioned argument was simple truth
Half-wondering at its own melodious tongue.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
Arguments sprouted within him,
And twinked in his little eye;
He lay and calmly debated
When average babies cry,
And seemed to be pondering gravely whether to live or to die.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton
But on his face an expression
Of quizzical study lay,
As if he were sounding the angel
Who traveled with him that day,
And laying the pipes down slyly for an argument on the way.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Nor did the Munich court buy the argument that Mr Demjanjuk had no choice in the matter.
0 Were dinosaurs like this T. A new study suggests a key argument for coldbloodedness doesn't hold up.
Court hears arguments in Gribble appeal.
The campaign's only vice presidential debate Thursday began with Rep Paul Ryan (R. Wis.) accusing the Obama administration of weakness abroad, and Vice President Biden mocking his arguments as "malarkey" and "loose talk.
Oral arguments in front of administrative law judge conclude.
The Washington State supreme court heard arguments Tuesday concerning whether common-law benefits should be extended to gay couples.
Decisons encourage comparative fault arguments.
The Latest Argument (and Bill) Against Gay Marriage.
Chris Matthews Compliments Romney's 'Masterful' Debate Arguments.
The Democratic Argument for Compulsory Voting.
Allow me to make my lawyerly argument in defense of that view.
Today the state court of appeals heard arguments from both sides in the case.
Katy, in the Kansas City Star an opinion you wrote from back in April was paraphrased as an argument against allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.
A US Air Force trainer was a " consummate predator" of female recruits, military prosecutors said in opening arguments in his court martial at Lackland Air Force Base.
Arguments continue about the biggest explosions in the universe.

In science:

The argument to be presented (and it is really just a detailed fleshing-out of the argument hinted at by Bell) is different from Stapp’s in several important ways.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Our argument is thus not a different (“stronger”) version of Bell’s Theorem; it is not a “Bell’s Theorem without hidden-variables.” Rather, it is a proof that the hidden-variable and locality assumptions needed to derive Bell’s Inequality are not on an equal logical footing in the overall argument.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
And since Stapp’s arguments have been shown to suffer from several apparently fatal flaws, it is worth clarifying in some detail how Bell’s argument (elaborated and sharpened in the present paper) differs from Stapp’s.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
As a guide to Matlab notation, the command syms declares a variable to be symbolic while the command subs symbolically substitutes every occurrence of the second argument in the first argument with the third argument.
The polynomial method for random matrices
As we move from column j to column j + 1 the first argument of the Beta function decreases by one 1 the second argument increases by 1.
On absolute moments of characteristic polynomials of a certain class of complex random matrices
One would like to have an argument of the following form: if the list is nil, then the proof is trivial, if the list is not nil, then the head on both sides of the equality are naturally the same, and the equality for the tails should hold by some “inductive” argument.
CoInduction in Coq
Our argument improves upon the part of the argument of where it looses a factor of n.
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
In Section 7.2, we will give a simple “three viewpoints” argument that allows us to not loose a factor of n in contrast to the original argument of .
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
The argument that the equations above can be satisfied if x is a positive integer is analogous to the argument used in Lemma 7.3.
Diophantine Definability and Decidability in the Extensions of Degree 2 of Totally Real Fields
As discussed in Remark 2, we can repeat the argument of Lemma 2.2 with U replaced by U c and S replaced by T since that argument applies, despite the fact that we now have W i(U c ) ≥ 1 2 W i (ξL ).
Isoperimetric inequalities and mixing time for a random walk on a random point process
To derive the integro-differential equations corresponding to Levy processes we use the argumentation by Kac and our own argumentation (see ).
Levy Processes, Generators
For z = 0, the argument is parallel to the argument in Markushevich, except for a different choice of local coordinates.
On superconvergence of sums of free random variables
The first portion of our argument is a simplified version of part of the argument of Bollob´as and Fernandez de la Vega .
Geodesics and almost geodesic cycles in random regular graphs
We suppress in this section the ”spectral” arguments of the correlation functions and related quantities assuming that these arguments vary inside the domain described in Section 1.
Limit Correlation Functions for Fixed Trace Random Matrix Ensembles
Since our argument is so similar the argument shown in the proof of Proposition 6.4.4 ii, we omit some details.
Fields of moduli and fields of definition of curves