- (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. The word “arguendo” might be used to set off a discussion in simplified terms, rather than the more complicated real-life details of a legal case.
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