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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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References in classic literature ?
He was arguing for his life, and he knew it; but he was neither excited nor afraid.
Jepsen continues our series of articles on homosexuality, arguing for the traditional understanding of 1 Cor 6:9-10.
In Mind: A Brief Introduction, Searle provides an iconoclastic overview of the philosophy of mind, arguing for a position that accepts that the mind is materially based without dismissing or downplaying mental phenomena.
Second, AEI made a strategic decision to become a major advocate of economic deregulation, hiring teams of economists to produce papers arguing for looser government oversight of particular industries.
At the same time, by arguing for the importance of social factors in conditioning the development of institutions, he suggests that the urban living standards in which the French clinical model arose found their true analogue in the flood of immigration to the United States that furnished likely subjects for clinical inquiry at the end of the nineteenth century.
But, as Chopp points out, some of the contributors to this volume would reject Tanner's position as too indebted to the formulations of the past, although it seems clear that Tanner is not arguing for a conception of the Christian tradition as fixed and final, but rather for its inherent fluidity and dynamism and its ability to be mobilized effectively for feminist ends and goals.
bishops issued their sixth presidential-election packet, the "USCC Statement on Political Responsibility." Arguing for a Christian vision committed to both the common good and human dignity, the bishops urged Catholics to exercise their political responsibility in the service of a more just and humane society.
Fortunately, two of free trade's most able defenders have written new books arguing for renewed efforts at opening global markets.
Berger restores an internationalist perspective to the study of socialism, arguing for a common history of European labor movements that transcends national boundaries while inviting comparison with non-European movements.
--Charles Murray, arguing for the abolition of welfare in Losing Ground, 1984
In arguing for competitive innovation rather than the monopolistic variety, Boldrin and Levine emphasize that they are not saying creators don't have rights.