What is ARGUMENT? Definition of ARGUMENT in Black's Law Dictionary
An effort to establish belief by a course of reasoning.
In rhetoric and logic, an inference drawn from premises, the truth of which is indisputable, or at least highly probable.
The argument of a demurrer, special case, appeal, or other proceeding involving a question of law, consists of the speeches of the opposed counsel; namely, the "opening" of the counsel having the right to begin, (q. v.,) the speech of his opponent, and the "reply" of the first counsel. It answers to the trial of a question of fact. Sweet. But the submission of printed briefs may technically constitute an argument. State v. California Min. Co., 13 Nev. 209. Also, the opening statement to a jury is part of the argument. State v. McCaskill, 173 Iowa 563, 155 N.W. 976, 977.
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