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.
See also: argue

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.
See also: argue
References in classic literature ?
Women both old and young regarded travelling by steam as presumptuous and dangerous, and argued against it by saying that nothing should induce them to get into a railway carriage; while proprietors, differing from each other in their arguments as much as Mr.
The SNP have started hinting that they might put up income taxes this year, having argued against it in all three of those past elections.
An Indian Standing Committee on Finance has strongly argued against the issue of bank licenses to corporate houses.
Senate candidate Paul Sadler unhesitatingly argued against repealing the Affordable Care Act.
The bill had passed overwhelmingly in the House before it ran into opposition from individuals and municipal officials on the Seacoast, who argued against parts of the measure that would have given the Pease Development Authority control over Port of New Hampshire personnel and allowed the PDA to negotiate leases over seven years on port properties.
Although the report's authors argued against price controls, they acknowledged that a Pell increase addresses only part of the problem.
Economists have long argued against tax increment financing, and more research is showing the negative side effects to which Daniel McGraw alludes in "Giving Away the Store to Get a Store" (January).
Local Government Minister Phil Woolas yesterday admitted 34 councils and organisations had argued against the Government's handling of the policy.
In that speech, Brown argued against the federal court precedent that says the states are bound to uphold fundamental rights protected in the Constitution and that the Supreme Court has "relied on a rather uninformative metaphor of the 'wall of separation of church and state.
Similarly she disagrees with historians such as Jeffrey Weeks who have argued against the notion that the pill led to female liberation (309, 317).
The elements that argued against a central origin were the hearing loss in the left ear, the RVR left on both alternate and simultaneous binaural bithermal testing, and the negative MRI findings.
The overall progress towards the reconstruction of Iraq can't be argued against.
The positive outcome, long-awaited by an initiative-weary progressive movement, may vindicate those who argued against talking race.
Having argued against the conventional art-historical retrospective as a viable frame for Signer's work, and given the fascinations present in this rewarding show, it might seem perverse to conclude by pleading for a more comprehensive "comprehensive overview," somewhere soon.
A handful of opponents, primarily members of the Bus Riders Union - the group that sued the MTA on overcrowding - argued against what many called a regressive tax.