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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 ?
Since you are my tutor, you ought to preserve my mind from prejudices; you are always arguing against prejudices.
Shall we take the other side first and begin by arguing against ourselves; in this manner the adversary's position will not be undefended.
Thus arguing against my own conscience, I turned the key, when a smell rushed out that, pleasant though it was, overcame me completely, and I fell fainting across the threshold.
Latterly she had stayed for a few days several times with her son-in-law, arguing against sorrow and misfortune with composed face and gentle tones.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is not arguing against reform.
Arguing against the conceptualization of Chinatowns as insular bachelor societies, Lui posits that the making of ethnically-homogeneous community was the result of active efforts by the police, social reformers, and journalists to map out the boundaries of a space that they could more effectively contain for the purposes of regulating the behaviors of Chinese immigrants as well as protecting white womanhood.
Arguing against the introduction of pattern evidence;
In a Parliamentary answer to Newcastle East and Wallsend MP Nick Brown, Mr Woolas admits Tyne and Wear are not alone, with 34 out of 61 authorities and bodies representing them arguing against the distribution decisions.
Catholics are partly the fruits of John Paul's many years arguing against this most unforgiving of human judgments.
Gardner (CFR) arguing against what he called "instant world government" in the April 1974 issue of Foreign Affairs.
So Iqbal identifies rhetoric and ritual as arguing against Gutas' assertion, but seems unaware that he has himself contributed to Gutas' argument of Islam as inert in itself.
LANCASTER - Law enforcement was the main issue in a mayoral forum Wednesday, with challengers Gene Gaynor and David Abber arguing against a proposed tax to fund deputies and incumbent Frank Roberts arguing that the city is taking the right steps to rein in crime.
Arguing against this injustice proved to be dangerous.
I was very alarmed that Silicon Jack, arguing against the injustice derived from impunity in the face of corruption and abuse of various Latin American actors, invoked the support of Washington, and especially that of [U.