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argue for

1. To state reasons in support of someone or something. My mother has spent her life arguing for women's rights. She's my daughter—I will always argue for her.
2. To serve as evidence in support of something. Hinton's novel argues for an understanding of youth as a complex, traumatic time.
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argue for someone or something

to make a case in favor of someone or something; to speak on behalf of someone or something in an argument. Are you prepared to argue strongly for this proposal? We will argue for our candidate in the debate.
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argue for

v.
1. To put forth reasons supporting something; make a case for something: The students argued for a new gymnasium, but the administration did not want to spend the money needed to build it.
2. To act as evidence or support for something: These new facts argue for a different analysis. The fact that your route to work is so slow argues for giving my suggestion a try.
3. To speak on behalf of someone in an argument: Lawyers are supposed to argue for their clients.
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Roberts argued for restrictions on the rights of prisoners to litigate their grievances; depicted as 'judicial activism' a lower court's order requiring a sign-language interpreter for a hearing-impaired public school student who had already been given a hearing aid and tutors; and argued for wider latitude for prosecutors and police to question suspects out of the presence of their attorneys.
Dowell (1991)--Starr, with Roberts in tow, and acting in an amicus capacity, successfully argued for limiting the busing requirements of school districts.
By putting together a selection of 18 debates, argued for and against by reputed scholars in the field, Professors Karger and Midgley, and Ms.
To attract good teachers, conservatives had long argued for "merit pay" as a means of rewarding superior teachers.
Many Southern ideologues argued for a hierarchical polity-with the big plantation owners at the top, slaves at the bottom and other whites in between.
The prosecution had argued for a first-degree murder conviction, maintaining that Beltran had gone to the victim's house to commit a robbery or burglary and in the process killed the victim.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos said he had argued for voluntary manslaughter but said the verdict was better than his client being found guilty of first-degree murder and special circumstances that would have made him eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole.
63) Bentley, 1978, notes that Augustine argued for the priority of a harder reading at least once in his New Testament commentaries.
Women" figure in the title and the essays, among other reasons, because of the famous essays of Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, who has argued for the radical subordination of Florentine females, disinherited by their dowries but never detached from the lineage of their birth.
While academic institutions argued for continuing the exemptions, many other groups - including some nonprofit hospitals that use materials and equipment regulated by NRC - argued that universities should pay their fair share.
Hippocrates himself if argued for such outcomes research long before Eddy, Donabedian, et al.
In San Francisco, they argued for a right to accost people on the street who demanded spare change.