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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.
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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
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Global Banking News-October 7, 2013--Indian finance committee argues against bank licenses to corporate houses(C)2013 ENPublishing - http://www.
Because the animal's genetics argues against mangabeys and the monkey doesn't look like a baboon, the researchers proposed the new genus: Rungwecebus.
The researchers acknowledge that the relatively high level of health consciousness found among women in the cohort who drank two or more cups a day may help explain the findings, but they add that the robustness of the associations in age-adjusted analyses argues against such confounding.
In a highly technical argument he argues against Israel Finkelstein, who sees the early Israelites as nomads who settled down, while D.
Kenneth Baer's critique of Don't Think Of An Elephant is ultimately unconvincing because it argues against Lakoff's politics instead of taking on Lakoff's theory ("Word Games," January/February).
Taking a look at the professional, technical and public policy issues surrounding student achievement and teacher effectiveness, this book from the Hoover Institution argues against common objections to testing and shows how tests can help.
He wisely argues against the impulse buy, urging collectors to know something about the artist and his/her work.
As should be apparent, The Politics of the Urban Poor devotes much attention to religion and argues against the Subaltern Studies approach to the topic.
Harris's examination of widows is especially important since she argues against prevailing historiography with her assertion that long widowhoods benefited husbands' patrilineages rather than placing economic burdens on marital families' estates.
On a more academic note, Rethinking Welfare argues against civil society led reform measures and theoretical paradigms that fail to consider structural forces and class conflict.
And she argues against a criminal-justice system that locks minor drug offenders away for life, ``yet allows celebrity murderers to walk free,'' the book jacket says.
The installation's totality argues against such a pat reading.
However, Clarke's poetry argues against his invisibility.
1954: Thurgood Marshall argues against separate-but-equal public schools in Brown v.
Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics and a professor at Cambridge University, reiterates the universality of busines s ethics and argues against those who claim "Asian values" are different than those in the rest of the world.