Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    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. 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. Malcomb v. Hamill, 65 How. Prae. (N. Y.) 506; State v. California Min. Co.., 13 Nev. 209.