The problem with the arguments for inaction isn't that they're wrong, it's that they prove too much.
They step around their arguments, like sea-weed on a Massachusetts beach.
One of the arguments for intervention arising from the Syria strikes relies on a bit of sophistry.
A lot of people are spilling a lot of words on the three days of arguments at the Supreme Court over the health-care law.
Secular arguments about the separation of church and state may play well to the base.
But she found that Lilian was not to be tempted; and Marian was at length brought to see that her arguments were of no avail.
She listened to all his arguments, but shook her head obstinately at their end.
arguments in favour of (for example) memory in plants are only arguments in favour of habit-memory, not of knowledge-memory.
And thus, my dear, have I set my mother's arguments before you.
So it came about that any advocate could usually find an audience to harken to his arguments for his pet selection.
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.