formal argument

formal argument

(programming)
(Or "parameter") A name in a function or subroutine definition that is replaced by, or bound to, the corresponding actual argument when the function or subroutine is called. In many languages formal arguments behave like local variables which get initialised on entry.

See: argument.
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A formal argument graphing system such as CAS requires the user to interpret the argument in the given case, based on the textual evidence provided by the example.
In any event, the US and its "anti-Syria coalition" have not yet put forth any formal argument for why they would not be violating international law.
After reading this careful formal argument, the essay that follows by Eric Rentschler adds very little.
It will do nothing, for example, to hose down the controversies particularly amongst heterodox economists over the central message of the General Theory; the extent to which it departs from orthodoxy; and whether the formal argument in the General Theory was sufficiently strong to carry the weight of that message.
Now a planning inspector has granted permission for a 13-storey building to be built at the Ouseburn in Newcastle, the formal argument is over.
However, the effect is due more, I believe, to the vividness of the portrayal, than to any formal argument by means of cases.
So the book provides an impressive overview, from Aristotle to Diderot, of formal argument through the ages and its relationship to, and influence on, literature.
This article provides a formal argument for the NP role in New Zealand; some definitions which I will use for the rest of the article; provide the argument formulation; provide a critique of the argument; and finally indicate the possible significance of logical necessity for discussions on the role.
As the semester progressed, we came together for a formal argument, a follow-up conference, and opinion-writing by the students.
Indeed, the presentation of any legal position, from initial analysis to formal argument, must always be grounded in the appropriate elements of substantive law.
It notes that the objective is to have students understand the basic structure of a formal argument and that this assignment is the first step in getting them to understand the meaning of argument in its most basic form.

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