for the sake of argument


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for the sake of argument

Just to consider an alternative to something being discussed. I know you want to go to Stanford, but just for the sake of argument, let's talk about what some of the other schools you got into have to offer.
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for the sake of ˈargument

as a starting point for a discussion; to discuss things in theory only: For the sake of argument, let’s say that prices continue to rise by 20 per cent a year.
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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.
Pause for a moment to reflect on how the UK might look now had the legislature been relocated to - let's for the sake of argument say Newcastle - 20 or 30 years ago.
And yet, recently there was uproar about plus size women 'not being encouraged', so let's assume, for the sake of argument that these women are 'too fat'.
However, let's assume for the sake of argument that the genuine time-wasters, those with neither the real intention to buy your house nor the wherewithal to do so, have been weeded out.
For the sake of argument, had we become independent just before the banking crisis and were then confronted by the oil price crash, where would we be?
Then consider this: For the sake of argument, let's split the difference between the think tank numbers and say 8.
Therefore, the argument that resignation through email is not acceptable is only for the sake of argument and to deprive you of your legitimate rights.
Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the full human rights of women are a moral good.
Let's say for the sake of argument that it is true that the United States has effectively broken Mexico and Central America ("Fault lines," Margin Notes, September).
Even assuming for the sake of argument that Enrile was just sitting or drinking coffee or smiling fatuously, his mere presence is sufficient to convince the court to a moral certainty that he was the mastermind pulling the strings of Reyes, so that they could profit from the illicit scam," Santiago said.
That if we agree, for the sake of argument, that there is an ideal city to begin with.
For the sake of argument, however, one can say it could be as imminent as tomorrow or the day after.
This kind of empty rhetoric might play well with Hezbollah's supporters, but it would take a superhuman mental feat to even imagine -- for the sake of argument -- that Hezbollah would ever stand up and say to Iran, for example, or to Syria: "We reject your 'choice'" for Lebanon's next president, we will openly lobby against this choice, and we will vote no in Parliament when the time comes.
IT HAPPENS LIKE THIS: We'll meet at a bar or a party, or--just for the sake of argument since I haven't seen the inside of one in almost five years--at the gym.
For the sake of argument, let's assume that climatic warming or cooling is controlled by man-made carbon dioxide (CO2 ).