2nd October 2019


What is the full word of pros and cons?

The phrase 'pros and cons' is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase pro et contra, 'for and against', and has been in use in the abbreviated form since the 16th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The much longer alternative is the phrase 'arguments for and against'.

Considering this, what are the words pros and cons short for?

Pro is not an abbreviation, but 'con' is for 'contra.' From the OED: An argument or consideration in favour of something; reasoning in support of a proposition, thesis, etc. Chiefly in pros and cons (also pros and contras): reasons or arguments for and against something, advantages and disadvantages.

What is the meaning of pros and cons?

phrase. The pros and cons of something are its advantages and disadvantages, which you consider carefully so that you can make a sensible decision. Motherhood has both its pros and cons. pro.
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