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Argument vs. Proposition: Know the Difference

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An argument is a series of statements with a conclusion, while a proposition is a suggested plan or idea.
Argument vs. Proposition

Key Differences

An argument in rhetoric and logic is a sequence of statements or premises made to lead to a logical conclusion. It's a process of reasoning where one or more statements are offered as support for some other statement. A proposition, on the other hand, is a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion. It's a premise to be proven within an argument, often presented as a sentence that is either true or false.
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Arguments are used in discussions and debates to convince an audience of a particular point of view, through evidence and reasoning. They consist of a chain of propositions, which are used as premises, but the argument itself is the entire process leading to the conclusion. Propositions are the content of the argument, the declarative sentences that are being asserted and can stand alone as independent statements, without needing to be part of an argument.
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In constructing an argument, one creates a structure that includes a series of propositions meant to validate an ultimate point. The difference here is structural: the argument is the edifice, while the propositions are the building blocks. Arguments can be complex and contain multiple propositions, but each proposition is a singular idea that can be true or false.
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Arguments can be evaluated based on their validity and soundness, which depend on the structure and the truth of the propositions within them. Propositions do not possess these qualities on their own; they are simply declarations that need to be analyzed within the context of the argument to determine their role in supporting the conclusion.
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In logic, an argument is effective if it can persuade based on the truth and logical connection of its propositions. A proposition is effective if it clearly communicates a concept or claim, regardless of its truth value. Each plays a distinct role in discourse, with arguments aiming to prove or demonstrate, and propositions aiming to present or suggest.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A set of reasons given to support a conclusion
A statement that can be true or false
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Structure

Contains premises and a conclusion
A single declarative statement
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Purpose

To persuade or prove a point
To suggest or state a possibility
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Evaluation

Validity and soundness
Truth value
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Role in Discourse

Used in debate and reasoning
Used to present an idea or hypothesis
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Argument and Proposition Definitions

Argument

A discussion where differing views are expressed.
Their argument over dinner was loud and heated.
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Proposition

A statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion.
The proposition that the earth orbits the sun is widely accepted.
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Argument

A summary of the subject matter of a book or article.
The preface provided a brief argument of the study's findings.
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Proposition

In logic, a statement in which its truth or falsity is considered.
The proposition “all humans are mortal” is true.
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Argument

A discussion in which the parties involved express disagreement with one another; a debate
Philosophical arguments over the nature of existence.
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Proposition

A plan suggested for acceptance; a proposal.
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Argument

An angry discussion involving disagreement among the participants; a quarrel
The roommates had an argument about whose turn it was to wash the dishes.
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Proposition

A matter to be dealt with; a task
Finding affordable housing can be a difficult proposition.
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Argument

(Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention
"sheath'd their swords for lack of argument" (Shakespeare).
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Proposition

An offer of a private bargain, especially a request for sexual relations.
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Argument

A course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating truth or falsehood
Presented a strong argument for the arts in education.
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Proposition

A subject for discussion or analysis.
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Argument

A fact or statement put forth as proof or evidence; a reason
The current low mortgage rates are an argument for buying a house now.
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Proposition

A statement that affirms or denies something.
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Argument

A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.
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Proposition

The meaning expressed in such a statement, as opposed to the way it is expressed.
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Argument

A summary or short statement of the plot or subject of a literary work.
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Proposition

(Mathematics) A theorem.
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Argument

A topic; a subject
"You and love are still my argument" (Shakespeare).
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Proposition

To propose a private bargain to, especially to propose sexual relations with.
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Argument

(Logic) The minor premise in a syllogism.
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Proposition

(uncountable) The act of offering (an idea) for consideration.
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Argument

The independent variable of a function.
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Proposition

(countable) An idea or a plan offered.
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Argument

The angle of a complex number measured from the positive horizontal axis.
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Proposition

The terms of a transaction offered.
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Argument

(Computers) A value used to evaluate a procedure or subroutine.
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Proposition

In some states, a proposed statute or constitutional amendment to be voted on by the electorate.
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Argument

(Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
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Proposition

(grammar) A complete sentence.
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Argument

A fact or statement used to support a proposition; a reason.
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Proposition

The content of an assertion that may be taken as being true or false and is considered abstractly without reference to the linguistic sentence that constitutes the assertion; (Aristotelian logic) a predicate of a subject that is denied or affirmed and connected by a copula.
“‘Wiktionary is a good dictionary’ is a proposition” is a proposition.
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Argument

A series of propositions organized so that the final proposition is a conclusion which is intended to follow logically from the preceding propositions, which function as premises.
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Proposition

An assertion so formulated that it can be considered true or false.
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Argument

(countable) A process of reasoning; argumentation.
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Proposition

An assertion which is provably true, but not important enough to be called a theorem.
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Argument

(countable) An abstract or summary of the content of a literary work such as a book, a poem or a major section such as a chapter, included in the work before the content itself; (figuratively) the contents themselves.
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Proposition

A statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith; creed.
The propositions of Wyclif and Huss
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Argument

(countable) A verbal dispute; a quarrel.
The neighbours got into an argument about the branches of the trees that extended over the fence.
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Proposition

(poetic) The part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it.
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Argument

Any dispute, altercation, or collision.
Steve got in a physical argument with his neighbor and came away with a black eye.
While biking home, he got in an argument with the pavement.
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Proposition

Misspelling of preposition
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Argument

Any of the phrases that bears a syntactic connection to the verb of a clause.
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Proposition

To make a suggestion of sexual intercourse to (someone with whom one is not sexually involved).
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Argument

The independent variable of a function.
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Proposition

To make an offer or suggestion to (someone).
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Argument

The phase of a complex number.
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Proposition

The act of setting or placing before; the act of offering.
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Argument

A quantity on which the calculation of another quantity depends.
The altitude is the argument of the refraction.
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Proposition

That which is proposed; that which is offered, as for consideration, acceptance, or adoption; a proposal; as, the enemy made propositions of peace; his proposition was not accepted.
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Argument

A value, or a reference to a value, passed to a function.
Parameters are like labelled fillable blanks used to define a function whereas arguments are passed to a function when calling it, filling in those blanks.
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Proposition

A statement of religious doctrine; an article of faith; creed; as, the propositions of Wyclif and Huss.
Some persons . . . change their propositions according as their temporal necessities or advantages do turn.
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Argument

A parameter at a function call; an actual parameter, as opposed to a formal parameter.
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Proposition

A complete sentence, or part of a sentence consisting of a subject and predicate united by a copula; a thought expressed or propounded in language; a from of speech in which a predicate is affirmed or denied of a subject; as, snow is white.
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Argument

A matter in question; a business in hand.
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Proposition

A statement in terms of a truth to be demonstrated, or of an operation to be performed.
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Argument

The subject matter of an artistic representation, discourse, or writing; a theme or topic.
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Proposition

That which is offered or affirmed as the subject of the discourse; anything stated or affirmed for discussion or illustration.
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Argument

Evidence, proof; (countable) an item of such evidence or proof.
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Proposition

The part of a poem in which the author states the subject or matter of it.
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Argument

To put forward as an argument; to argue.
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Proposition

(logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
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Argument

To adduce evidence, to provide proof.
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Proposition

A proposal offered for acceptance or rejection;
It was a suggestion we couldn't refuse
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Argument

Proof; evidence.
There is.. no more palpable and convincing argument of the existence of a Deity.
Why, then, is it made a badge of wit and an argument of parts for a man to commence atheist, and to cast off all belief of providence, all awe and reverence for religion?
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Proposition

An offer for a private bargain (especially a request for sexual favors)
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Argument

A reason or reasons offered in proof, to induce belief, or convince the mind; reasoning expressed in words; as, an argument about, concerning, or regarding a proposition, for or in favor of it, or against it.
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Proposition

The act of making a proposal;
They listened to her proposal
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Argument

A process of reasoning, or a controversy made up of rational proofs; argumentation; discussion; disputation.
The argument is about things, but names.
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Proposition

A task to be dealt with;
Securing adequate funding is a time-consuming proposition
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Argument

The subject matter of a discourse, writing, or artistic representation; theme or topic; also, an abstract or summary, as of the contents of a book, chapter, poem.
You and love are still my argument.
The abstract or argument of the piece.
[Shields] with boastful argument portrayed.
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Proposition

Suggest sex to;
She was propositioned by a stranger at the party
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Argument

Matter for question; business in hand.
Sheathed their swords for lack of argument.
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Proposition

A scheme or plan of action, especially in a business context.
Their business proposition was innovative and promising.
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Argument

The quantity on which another quantity in a table depends; as, the altitude is the argument of the refraction.
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Proposition

An offer of terms for a transaction, such as a bet.
He made a proposition to double the investment in a year.
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Argument

The independent variable upon whose value that of a function depends.
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Argument

To make an argument; to argue.
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Argument

A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true;
It was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true
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Argument

A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement;
They were involved in a violent argument
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Argument

A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal;
The argument over foreign aid goes on and on
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Argument

A summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie;
The editor added the argument to the poem
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Argument

A variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
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Argument

A reason or set of reasons given to persuade others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
Her argument for increased cybersecurity was compelling.
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Argument

A process of reasoning aimed at demonstrating truth or falsehood.
He presented a well-structured argument to the jury.
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Argument

In mathematics, a quantity that determines the output of a function.
The complex argument is essential in calculus.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can a proposition be false?

Yes, propositions can be either true or false.
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Are all debates arguments?

Yes, debates consist of arguments from opposing sides.
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What is an argument?

An argument is a series of propositions aimed at establishing a specific conclusion.
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Can propositions exist without arguments?

Yes, propositions can stand alone as statements independent of arguments.
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Are all arguments valid?

No, arguments are only valid if the conclusion logically follows from the premises.
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Do arguments always resolve conflicts?

Not always; arguments can provide clarity but may not always resolve disagreements.
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Can a valid argument have false propositions?

Yes, validity concerns the form of the argument, not the truth of its propositions.
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What makes a proposition persuasive?

Clarity, relevance, and the truth can make a proposition persuasive.
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Is every statement an argument?

No, not all statements are arguments; some are simply propositions.
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Can a single argument have multiple conclusions?

Typically, an argument aims at one main conclusion, but may have sub-conclusions.
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Can one argument refute another?

Yes, one argument can refute another if it provides evidence that undermines the opposing argument's premises or conclusion.
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Is a hypothesis a proposition?

Yes, a hypothesis is a type of proposition that is testable.
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Are arguments important in science?

Yes, arguments are crucial for establishing scientific theories.
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Are all propositions debatable?

Not all propositions are debatable; some are axiomatic truths.
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Do all propositions need evidence?

Empirical propositions require evidence, while some logical propositions do not.
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Is every question a proposition?

No, questions are not propositions because they do not declare anything.
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Are mathematical proofs arguments?

Yes, mathematical proofs are arguments that demonstrate the truth of propositions.
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Can arguments be based on false premises?

Yes, but such arguments, while they may be valid, are not sound.
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How do arguments relate to critical thinking?

Arguments are central to critical thinking as they require analysis and evaluation.
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Can a proposition change over time?

The truth value of a proposition may change with new evidence.
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