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Q: How does vagueness and ambiguity impact an argument or claim? Be specific and share an original example of an ambiguous or vague claim.
A: Generally speaking, the best arguments also tend to be the more precise arguments. Precision in arguments is an important step in making them more coherent, more comprehensible, and free from flaws. [ [ Precision means that both the arguer and the listener are able to develop a better grasp of what the argument says and means. It follows, then, that vagueness in an enemy of sound arguments.
Vagueness is sometimes confused with ambiguity, a flaw in arguments which can be manifested as any number of different informal fallacies. Ambiguity, however, is the existence of multiple valid interpretations of words and ideas; vagueness is the absence of a clear and coherent meaning for the words and ideas being used. Generally speaking, the best arguments also tend to be the more precise arguments. Precision in arguments is an important step in making them more coherent, more comprehensible, and free from flaws. Precision means that both the arguer and the listener are able to develop a better grasp of what the argument says and means. It follows, then, that vagueness in an enemy of sound arguments. Vagueness is sometimes confused with ambiguity, a flaw in arguments which can be manifested as any number of different informal fallacies. Ambiguity, however, is the existence of multiple valid interpretations of words and ideas; vagueness is the absence of a clear and coherent meaning for the words and ideas being used. Generally speaking, the best arguments also tend to be the more precise arguments. Precision in arguments is an important step in making them more coherent, more comprehensible, and free from flaws. Precision means that both the arguer and the listener are able to develop a better grasp of what the argument says and means. It follows, then, that vagueness in an enemy of sound arguments. Vagueness is sometimes confused with ambiguity, a flaw in arguments which can be manifested as any number of different informal fallacies. ] ]
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