Definition of argumentation in English:


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  • The action or process of reasoning systematically in support of an idea, action, or theory.

    ‘lines of argumentation used to support his thesis’
    • ‘Far more interesting, though, is the quality of argumentation offered in support of Derrida's importance.’
    • ‘Is The New Rhetoric about the arguments people make, or about the process of argumentation?’
    • ‘The bottom line in such argumentation was reminiscent of the objective of all despotic regimes to genuine political participation.’
    • ‘Music is about emotional expression, not logical argumentation.’
    • ‘He listened patiently to others, never interrupting them, and then won them over to his way of thinking by logical argumentation.’
    • ‘Jenkins's argumentation does not just rest on abstract theory.’
    • ‘Tourgee's line of argumentation in Plessy, its view of the role of the justice system, is complex and bears further analysis.’
    • ‘US teachers also indicated the importance of using examples, details, and logical argumentation.’
    • ‘Effective in their appeal to the general reader, they are less convincing at the level of specialist argumentation.’
    • ‘It is instructive to follow the Post's line of argumentation.’
    • ‘This line of argumentation raises one rather obvious question.’
    • ‘Being an aesthete with high standards of evidence and argumentation, these intrusions chap him.’
    • ‘This seems to be a very strange line of argumentation.’
    • ‘An instant of honesty and compassion is more important than an hour of logical argumentation and the facts.’
    • ‘What then do we make of his contradictory argumentation that we should maintain a large money stock even though we are unable to do so?’
    • ‘As noted, contemporary textbooks tended to discuss argumentation in terms of logic.’
    • ‘This brings one to the fundamental flaw in your line of argumentation.’
    • ‘This line of argumentation was accepted by the health authorities.’
    • ‘This line of argumentation is currently being hotly debated in legal circles.’
    • ‘This is a passionate essay, but one that tends to substitute assertion for argumentation and engagement.’
    reasoning, line of reasoning, logic, case



/ˌärɡyəmənˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɑrɡjəmənˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ /ˌärɡyəˌmenˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌɑrɡjəˌmɛnˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


Late Middle English via Old French from Latin argumentatio(n-), from argumentat- ‘conducted as an argument’, from argumentari.