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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." He also advocated "a narrow interpretation of Title IX, the landmark law that bars sex discrimination in intercollegiate athletic programs," the Post reported.
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.
They point to a list of shutdowns of gay sex clubs in New York City following a 1995 meeting between the mayor's office and a group supported by Rotello and Signorile that argued for more public action to stop the spread of HIV.
Therein too lies part of the reason why Merton, Webster and others argued for the specifically Christian ethos of mid-seventeenth century English science.
(63) Bentley, 1978, notes that Augustine argued for the priority of a harder reading at least once in his New Testament commentaries.
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.
"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.