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NOUN (2)

1. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal;
- Example: "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
[syn: argument, argumentation, debate]

2. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning;
- Example: "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
[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. [1913 Webster] Which manner of argumentation, how false and naught it is, . . . every man that hath with perceiveth. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster] 2. Debate; discussion. [1913 Webster] Syn: Reasoning; discussion; controversy. See Reasoning. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

argumentation 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, debate] 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]