Counter-arguing

argue

[ahr-gyoo]
verb (used without object), argued, arguing.
1.
to present reasons for or against a thing: He argued in favor of capital punishment.
2.
to contend in oral disagreement; dispute: The senator argued with the president about the new tax bill.
verb (used with object), argued, arguing.
3.
to state the reasons for or against: The lawyers argued the case.
4.
to maintain in reasoning: to argue that the news report must be wrong.
5.
to persuade, drive, etc., by reasoning: to argue someone out of a plan.
6.
to show; prove; imply; indicate: His clothes argue poverty.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French arguer < Latin argūtāre, -ārī, frequentative of arguere to prove, assert, accuse (Medieval Latin: argue, reason), though Latin frequentative form attested only in sense “babble, chatter”

arguer, noun
counterargue, verb, counterargued, counterarguing.
overargue, verb, overargued, overarguing.
reargue, verb, reargued, rearguing.
well-argued, adjective


1, 2. Argue, debate, discuss imply using reasons or proofs to support or refute an assertion, proposition, or principle. Argue implies presenting one's reasons: The scientists argued for a safer testing procedure; it may also imply disputing in an angry or excited way: His parents argue all the time. To discuss is to present varied opinions and views: to discuss ways and means. To debate is to interchange formal (usually opposing) arguments, especially on public questions: to debate a proposed amendment.
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argue (ˈɑːɡjuː)
 
vb , -gues, -guing, -gued
1.  (intr) to quarrel; wrangle: they were always arguing until I arrived
2.  (intr; often foll by for or against) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
3.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
4.  (tr; often passive) to debate or discuss: the case was fully argued before agreement was reached
5.  (tr) to persuade: he argued me into going
6.  (tr) to give evidence of; suggest: her looks argue despair
 
[C14: from Old French arguer to assert, charge with, from Latin arguere to make clear, accuse; related to Latin argūtus clear, argentum silver]
 
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n

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argue
c.1300, from O.Fr. arguer (12c.), from L. argutare "to prattle" freq. of arguere "to make clear, demonstrate," from PIE *argu-yo-, from base *arg- "to shine, be white, bright, clear" (see argent). Related: Arguable; arguably. Colloquial argufy is first attested 1751.
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