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A form of expression consisting of a coherent set of reasons presenting or supporting a point of view; a series of reasons given for or against a matter under discussion that is intended to convince or persuade the listener.

For example, an argument by counsel consists of a presentation of the facts or evidence and the inferences that may be drawn therefrom, which are aimed at persuading a judge or jury to render a verdict in favor of the attorney's client.

An attorney may begin to develop an argument in the Opening Statement, the initial discussion of the case in which the facts and the pertinent law are stated. In most cases, however, an attorney sets forth the main points of an argument in the closing argument, which is the attorney's final opportunity to comment on the case before a judge or jury retires to begin deliberation on a verdict.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

ARGUMENT, practice. Cicero defines it ii probable reason proposed in order to induce belief. Ratio probabilis et idonea ad faciendam fidem. The logicians define it more scientifically to be a means, which by its connexion between two extremes) establishes a relation between them. This subject belongs rather to rhetoric and logic than to law.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The mean amplitude obtained for P1 in the control group was 1.68[+ or -]0.84 (SD) [micro]V, and in the T2DM group was 0.87[+ or -]1.31 (SD) [micro]V.
BMI was found to be negatively correlated with APB LLR latency and amplitude. This might be due to thicker subcutaneous tissue in the person with higher BMI.
where [A.sub.0], F and [PHI] are the amplitude, the phase and the frequency of the measured signal, respectively [A.sub.1], f and [phi] are the amplitude, the phase and the frequency of distortion, respectively, and m is the modulation index.
Therefore, it is certain that the designed amplitude horn meets the work requirements totally, and the designed parameters of the ultrasonic nozzle do not need to be adjusted.
SFB reaches its maximum amplitude at (0,2 [pi]/v), n [member of] Z (see [50]).
As shown in Figure 2, the purpose of the experiment is to test the SIPR method's performance to recover the amplitude and phase.
In the rubbing intervention, the mean MEP amplitude (mean [+ or -] SEM) was 1.01 [+ or -] 0.02 mV (preintervention), 1.11 [+ or -] 0.06 mV (immediately), 1.20 [+ or -] 0.05 mV (post 5 min), 1.24 [+ or -] 0.06 mV (post 10 min), 0.99 [+ or -] 0.05 mV (post 15 min), and 1.02 [+ or -] 0.04mV (post 20 min).
Figure 4 shows the dependence of the reduced complex viscosity on the reduced frequency of the decrosslinked XHDPE obtained from TSE using the compounding screws without ultrasonic treatment (a), with ultrasonic treatment at an amplitude of 10 [micro]m (b) and using the decrosslinking screws without ultrasonic treatment (c), with ultrasonic treatment at amplitudes of 10 [micro]m, (d) and 13 [micro]m, (e) at a flow rate of 6.5 g/min at a reference temperature of 160[degrees]C.
Age-dependent changes in the amplitude of the pattern visual evoked potential.