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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.

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.

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I would argue that cost of living is best measured as the amount of income required to maintain one's typical family, cultural, and recreational activities.
In its defense, the school system argues that it has completed its legal obligation to comply with court-ordered desegregation.
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Modern Christian conservatives concede that point and hail the First Amendment, but they argue that it by no means follows that either the Founders or the proto-evangelicals wanted a strict separation of church and state.
Although relying on Cornelius, the IRS did not argue the advances were separate transactions.
Some forms of materialism argue that the mental phenomena in question do not even exist.
However, the IRS could logically argue that, in cases in which a for-profit partner controls die joint venture (through the partnership agreement or other arrangement placing operational and policy control in the for-profit partner's hands), any income allocable to a nonprofit profit should be treated as unrelated business income.