argue against


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argue against

1. To state reasons in opposition to something. My uncle is an ardent liberal and argues against my mother's conservative beliefs every time they're together.
2. To serve as evidence in opposition to something. Hinton's novel argues against a simplistic understanding of teenage life in the 1960s.
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argue against someone or something

 
1. Lit. [for someone] to make a case against someone or something; to oppose the choice of someone or something in an argument. I am preparing myself to argue against the case. Liz argued against Tom as the new president, but we chose him anyway.
2. Fig. [for something, such as facts] to support a case against someone or something in an argument; [for something, such as facts] to support a case against the choice of someone or something in an argument. I have uncovered something that argues against continuing this friendship. His own remarks argue against his qualifications for the office, but he probably will be elected anyway.
See also: argue

argue against

v.
1. To present reasons opposing something; make a case against something: In my history paper, I argued against the idea that we could have won the war.
2. To act as evidence against something: There are some new scientific discoveries that argue against earlier ideas about the growth of cells.
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He did not give me any comfort that he would argue against job cuts in Revenue offices in places like Porthmadog, Bangor and Llanelli.
And while it may seem strange to argue against a 50% price reduction, I along with many others thought my fare of pounds 40 was reasonable and extremely good value for money.
In response, he provides both a description of the rhetorical brilliance of the Qur'an which "seizes the human heart" and "draws intellect" (sic) as well as a description of the rituals of Islam that he argues "pulsate with movement" to argue against the "inert" quality Gutas assigns to essentialized Islam (232).
I don't think anyone, even the most critical commentator of the activity of coalition forces, could argue against the fact that in large parts of Iraq the situation is measurably better than it was 12 months ago and when it was under Saddam Hussein,' he said.
By now amply studied, the male-authored fiction analyzed in the anthology has accumulated a lengthy critical bibliography whose revisionary impact should be taken into account, even--or especially--if to argue against it.
Many Norwegians feel that the anti-whaling movement is based solely on emotion, and argue against convention (and despite the fact that whales are sophisticated communicators, and can learn and respond to more than 50 words) that there is little evidence that whales are more intelligent than many farm animals.
Wood felt able to join the No campaign partly because it was so disciplined about not using the 54 fight to argue against 209.
Even at the higher rate, it is difficult to argue against making a one-time payment for a form of "insurance" that can protect against a catastrophic event.
And since you'll never catch me arguing for a national curriculum, I will argue against a one-size-fits-all penalty.
Bush and others who argue against Michigan's policies do so based on fundamental fairness and meritocracy.
The one irritating thing about Open Networks, Closed Regimes is that Kalathil and Boas consistently argue against a straw man of "blind optimism" about the Internet's democratizing effect.
The laws of thermodynamics also argue against ice nuclei forming inside supercooled droplets, says Howard Reiss, a physical chemist at the University of California, Los Angeles and a coauthor of the new report.
Luconi uses these transnational events, and their meaning to Italians in Philadelphia, to argue against the idea that the period was Americanizing moment in which second and third generation ethnics came together in the New Deal Coalition.
It is difficult to argue against the idea that Christianity condones violence, the main theme of the book, when parishioners confess to maintaining abusive relationships because "doing the will of God (is) more important than.
There seems to be nothing to argue against running, competing, or strength training during a healthy pregnancy.