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a claim made to rebut (argue against) a previous claim.
to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it
a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole
the main means of mass communication (especially television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet) regarded collectively.
the action of thinking about something in a logical, sensible way.
A false or mistaken idea
the quality of being logically or factually sound; soundness or cogency.
the central idea of the story, usually implied rather than directly stated. It is a story’s observation about life or human nature, and should never be confused with the moral.
relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.
idea, hypothesis, theory, proposition. In academic English, a thesis is usually written in the first paragraph and is usually the final sentence of the first paragraph.