[syn: argumentation, logical argument, argument, line of reasoning, line]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Argumentation \Ar`gu*men*ta"tion\, n. [L. argumentatio, from
argumentari: cf. F. argumentation.]
1. The act of forming reasons, making inductions, drawing
conclusions, and applying them to the case in discussion;
the operation of inferring propositions, not known or
admitted as true, from facts or principles known,
admitted, or proved to be true.
Which manner of argumentation, how false and naught
it is, . . . every man that hath with perceiveth.
2. Debate; discussion.
Syn: Reasoning; discussion; controversy. See Reasoning.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against
some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign
aid goes on and on" [syn: argument, argumentation,
2: a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or
falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I
can't follow your line of reasoning" [syn: argumentation,
logical argument, argument, line of reasoning, line]