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Word of the day: Arguendo




Law) For the sake of argument; identifying the premises of a hypothetical argument while making it clear that no finding is being made on whether the premises are true.


"We will assume, arguendo, that the studies presented as evidence are accurate.”

“Arguendo, let’s say that all applications come in by the first of the month.”

“For the exam, you may assume, arguendo, that all local laws are in place.”


Latin, early 19th century

Why This Word?

This adverb is the one-word replacement for the phrase "for argument's sake." "Arguendo" is used almost solely in a legal capacity, but it basically means the facts of the matter are to be assumed as true, or are being presented in a hypothetical argument and it doesn't matter if those facts are true or not. ...

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