argument (n.)
proof, evidence, demonstration
1H6 V.i.46[King to Ambassadors, of the French princess] In argument and proof of which contract, / Bear her this jewel
2H6 I.ii.32[Duchess to Gloucester, of his dream] an argument / That he that breaks a stick of Gloucester's grove / Shall lose his head for his presumption
2H6 III.i.241[Suffolk to all, of Gloucester] we have but trivial argument, / More than mistrust, that shows him worthy death
E3 IV.vii.11[Prince Edward to King John, of his remark that he was conquered by fortune not force] An argument that heaven aids the right
H5 IV.iii.113[King Henry to Montjoy] There's not a piece of feather in our host - / Good argument, I hope, we will not fly
LLL I.ii.164[Armado alone] I shall be forsworn, which is a great argument of falsehood, if I love
MA II.iii.227[Benedick alone, of Beatrice being fair, virtuous and wise] it is ... no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her
MW II.ii.236[Ford as Brook to Falstaff, of Mistress Ford] my desires had instance and argument to commend themselves
Tim II.ii.183[Timon to Flavius, of his friends] If I would broach the vessels of my love, / And try the argument of hearts, by borrowing [or: subject-matter]
TN III.ii.10[Fabian to Sir Andrew, of Olivia] This was a great argument of love in her toward you