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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Argumental Of, pertaining to, or containing, argument; argumentative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • argumental Belonging to or consisting in argument.
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.”
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    “There are usually two sides to every argument but no end.”
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    “An argument is like a country road, you never know where it is going to lead.”
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    “A sure way of getting the last word in an argument is to say you right.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.”
  • Giovani della Casa
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    “I cannot divine how it happens that the man who knows the least is the most argumentative.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. argumentalis,


In literature:

When they saw their arguments were useless, they manifested their friendship in a more practical manner.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
And the argument may be summed up in a sentence.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
The sceptic might begin by questioning the fact itself; but I think it now so well established that argument on this score is unnecessary.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
Let us admit, for argument's sake, that Rousseau, Voltaire, Paine and Renan voiced every argument that he put forth.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
For my argument, however, it matters little that the tides are not constrained to do much useful work.
"Time and Tide" by Robert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball
Argument would not touch this faith.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The result is what may be called a descriptive, narrative, expository, or argumentative style.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
Such an argument, however, would virtually concede the theory of erosion as applied to the valleys of the Alps.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
I have only sought to answer the arguments of the gentleman against our acting at all.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He did not wish to speak, but he was not sorry to listen to such an argument.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
The argument from geology is the argument from the distribution of species in time.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
If such be the case, then there need be no argument concerning the importance of suitable reading matter for the young.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
But she would not venture an argument with Dr. Baker.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Isaiah would thus have made himself guilty of a false sophistical argumentation.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
But those considerations are in the form of arguments, and those arguments exist in words.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
By accident or argument?
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
This argument gets rid at one blow of all indications of any intelligence or morality other than human.
"Evolution" by Frank B. Jevons
The philosophical argument against Social Reform which has most weight is neither the argument from bureaucracy nor the argument from expense.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
But my argument at this point does not rest on the particular type of causal theory of value one chooses.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Be it so, for the sake of the argument.
"A Letter to Grover Cleveland" by Lysander Spooner

In poetry:

Not to pander nor to please
Come the needed homilies,
With no lofty argument
Is the fitting message sent,
Through such lips as Morrison's.
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Nor cant nor poor solicitudes
Made weak his life's great argument;
Small leisure his for frames and moods
Who followed Duty where she went.
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When I admit neglect of Gissing,
They say I don't know what I'm missing.
Until their arguments are subtler,
I think I'll stick to Samuel Butler.
"George Gissing" by Dorothy Parker
Hunger and thirst, or guns and swords,
Give the same death in different words.
To push this argument no further,
To starve a man in law is murther.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto III." by Matthew Prior
What can I say? What Arguments can prove
My Truth? What Colors can describe my Love?
If it's Excess and Fury be not known,
In what Thy Celia has already done?
"Celia To Damon" by Matthew Prior
They sat by their wine in the tavern that night,
But not in good fellowship true:
The Rhenish was strong and the Burgundy bright,
And hotter the argument grew.
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

The campaign to deny Luis Paucar his right to economic liberty illustrates the ingenuity people will invest in concocting perverse arguments for novel entitlements.
Bob Simon tells the story of the Iraqi defector known as " Curve Ball, " whose fabricated story of mobile biological weapons drove the US argument for invading Iraq.
The Kate Middleton topless photos may complicate one of her arguments to the judge deciding the custody case .
Judge weighs arguments in Alaska redistricting lawsuit.
On this date in 1978, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hill vs the Tennessee Valley Authority.
CHP Sgt Scott Siria says the man had been in an argument at a nearby home, grabbed his skateboard and ran onto the roadway.
Last week, for the sake of my '80s argument, I knowingly misstated that '90s styling is swiftly re-approaching.
The condition being scrutinized is the toxic, uncivil, mistrustful polarization of American politics -- or, more precisely, political arguments.
I'm so upset with my 89 years as a Democrat that I would like to set one point of their argument straight.
Seventh District Judge Jon J Shindurling heard arguments for quashing the death warrant issued against former Blackfoot resident Richard A Leavitt Wednesday.
Witnesses say an argument broke out Tuesday night between two men that ended up with one of them shot.
"A debate can be a lot of things, Fido, but basically it is when two people with different ideas engage in argument under a certain set of agreed-upon rules.".
Most couples would consider themselves fortunate to finish the day without an argument over who cooks dinner and who washes the dishes.
Travis Tyrone White, 20, got into an argument with the victim and left the apartment they were at in Gainesville.
Is this an argument about styles of debate or parts of Massachusetts.

In science:

Proposalmessage with its arguments, not specified in the interface; – the messages that the seller agent is able to broadcast to th e environment, including both communicative acts and actions on the environment, are accept, refuse,contractProposal,ship with their arguments.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
The two solutions have to be matched together, such that the curvature of (5) for large arguments agrees with that of (10) for small arguments.
Hydrodynamic theory of de-wetting
The main argument used in the proof of the above equation is Identity (3.7) of Lemma 3.6; this identity admits an interpretation in terms of equivariant maps between groupoidspaces, as introduced in Subsection 5.6 of Section 5. I need some technical arguments to make the statement more precise.
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
It took several years to realize the error in the dimensional reduction argument, and to resolve that the results obtained on the basis of the Imry-Ma argument are correct.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
For example, the domain argument predicts the lower critical dimensionality of RFIM to be two, and the dimensional reduction argument predicts it to be three, so we may determine the correct value by doing an appropriate experiment.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
We generalize the small ob ject argument in order to allow for its application to proper classes of maps (as opposed to sets of maps in Quillen’s small ob ject argument).
A generalization of Quillen's small object argument
The applications of Quillen’s small ob ject argument are not limited to abstract homotopy theory. A similar argument is used, for example, in the theory of categories to construct reflections in a locally presentable category with respect to a small orthogonality class [3, 1.36].
A generalization of Quillen's small object argument
In [6, 8] we use this ergodic machinery to obtain a much more general result — the classification of measurable function of several arguments; above we have considered a special case of this problem: a metric is a function of two arguments on a metric space with measure.
Random Metric Spaces and Universality
Then by a Markovian argument and an easy overshoot argument we get Pz (τm < TA[n/2,n] ; ¯ηn < τm ) ≤ α q + O(n−1), z ∈ C 4n where α = 1 − c < 1 for c the constant from Lemma 7.
The Beurling estimate for a class of random walks
The argument may involve the use of tensors, which physicists tend to meet in courses on mathematical methods, but the argument itself is not a mathematical one.
Kinetic theory viscosity
Our general upper bound for semi-random transpositions is proved via a strong uniform time argument, extending earlier arguments of Broder and Mironov.
Shuffling by semi-random transpositions
Some recent philosophical debate about persistence has focussed on an argument against perdurantism that discusses rotating perfectly homogeneous discs (the ‘rotating discs argument’; RDA).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
After introducing the argument and emphasizing the relevance of physics (Sections 1 to 3), I review some metaphysicians’ replies to the argument, especially those by Callender, Lewis, Robinson and Sider (Section 4).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Besides: since temporal intrinsicality at an instant is rare (Section 7.2.2), the perdurantist’s argument that endurantism has trouble with temporary intrinsics is more persuasive as an argument for non-instantaneous temporal parts.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Again: so far as I can tell, almost all the arguments for the perdurantist understanding of these puzzles carry over, so as to support my perdurantism without instantaneous temporal parts. (As do, I admit, the arguments against!).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter