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ARGUMENT Definition & Legal Meaning

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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. Msilcomh v. Hamill. 65 How. Prac. (X. Y.) 500; State v. California Min. Co., 13 Nev. 209.


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