early 14c., "statements and reasoning in support of a proposition," from Old French arguement "reasoning, opinion; accusation, charge" (13c.), from Latin argumentum "evidence, ground, support, proof; a logical argument," from arguere "to argue" (see argue). Sense passed through "subject of contention" to "a quarrel," a sense formerly attached to argumentation.
1. The argument contained herein takes exactly the opposite point of view.
2. This argument is only too blatantly an alibi for domestic repression.
3. Let me now pull together the threads of my argument.
4. This argument is untenable from an intellectual, moral and practical standpoint.
5. Perhaps your force of argument might have made some difference.