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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Why can't they give the defence information that they are targeted as a tribe and bring it as a formal argument? We are ready to counter it,' Kinoti said.
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.
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.
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.

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