arguendo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin arguendō.

Adverb[edit]

arguendo (not comparable)

  1. (law) for the sake of argument; assuming without deciding; identifying the premises of a hypothetical argument while making it clear that no finding is being made on whether the premises are true.
    • 1978, Matter of Green, 586 F. 2d 1247 - U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
      Assuming arguendo that those assertions are factually true, we find respondent's claim to be without legal merit.
    • 1990 February 5, William Safire, “Staying a Superpower”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Grant me, arguendo, that sort of scenario, with the Soviet federation rebuilding and small wars raging here and there, as the world of the millennium.
  2. (law) Used to set off the facts presented in an argument on a point of law from facts in dispute in the case.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used after the word it modifies, due to the influence of Latin grammar: assuming arguendo not *arguendo assuming.

Further reading[edit]


Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

arguendo

  1. gerund of arguire

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Gerund[edit]

arguendō

  1. ablative of arguendum

Participle[edit]

arguendō

  1. dative masculine singular of arguendus
  2. dative neuter singular of arguendus
  3. ablative masculine singular of arguendus
  4. ablative neuter singular of arguendus