for the sake of argument


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for the sake of argument

in order to consider the possibility Assume, for the sake of argument, that what she says is true.
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Again, for the sake of argument, let us assume that journalistic activities can be deemed a kind of aiding and abetting to so-called "terrorism.
If other countries also pursue this route and one assumes, for the sake of argument, that you can make 5 percent higher return through the active management of your resources, then this would lead to an additional approximately $60 billion,'' he said.
Says Dodgers pregame partner Eric Karros about Miller, considering they also worked on ESPN regional baseball games: "Gary is genuinely interested in what he does, from being well-prepared, well-informed and if he stands a stand, it's not just for the sake of argument.
For the sake of argument, consider the case of a purchase manager favouring one supplier of electrical switches against another in return for a bribe.
But for the sake of argument, let us assume it is a complicated process to return property to their rightful owners and their descendants after 60 years; but what do we do with an Israeli state that continues to deprive people from their private property; with the families that lost their homes some twenty years ago, or ten, or five years ago; or with those who lost their private properties only last week?
Expecting a government to write a letter against its own president also involves political ethics if the constitutional matter is left aside for a while for the sake of argument," the minister said.
If, for the sake of argument, one grants the authors' assumptions about the stability of the international system in 1949, it would seem that an early stabilization of the Cold War would have required more savvy experts like Kennan, more high-minded politicians, and a less ignorant public--what Eisenhower in his Farewell Address called "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry.
The solution for the weapons of the resistance is not domestic even if we said for the sake of argument that the decision of war and peace was not in the hand of the state, then the resistance can do what ever it wants as in the case of July war.
If, for the sake of argument, we assume that this "Global Jihad," and especially its al-Qaida branch, is the group that operated the rockets in Gaza and Aqaba, there is an urgent need to search for the reasons that prompted the organization to step up the frequency of its attacks in this manner; usually, there is a period of time between them.
But to achieve a situation where horses would be automatically disqualified would require utterly rigid rules, not wishy-washy guidelines, that limited the number of times a horse could be hit during the course of a race to a specific number - let's say five times for the sake of argument.
However, for the sake of argument, if we assume that the whole of Iceland is sold then we contend that each of the big four could bid for majority control.
With each ticket, you advertise there will be a prize draw - it takes place, for the sake of argument, between the first and second races.
But suppose for the sake of argument that public-sector unions disappear or are emasculated, and as a result, compensation for public-sector employees goes down.
But for the sake of argument, say there is a God and his only communication with humans is through the Holy Scriptures.
For the sake of argument, these observations are taken as starting points.