I awkwardly used the word 'resounding' a while ago as follows. Your argument is resounding. I meant you raised a good point there, although at the time I went for that strange statement. Anyway, was that, by any means, correct? Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


The definition of "resounding" can be "clear, emphatic, unmistakeable", so if you meant the word in this context, I'd say it's fine.

I'd also consider:

Your argument is astoundingly good OR Your argument is valid (etc)

Note that in my experience "resounding" usually collocates with "success".

The event was a resounding success.

  • Thanks for clearing that up. I was hoping the message delivered with the vibe of "make sense" (as in loud enough). But, I think we only used that for a sound or something. I messed up the word usage. If only, I posted it here earlier and get your feedback. Jan 29, 2014 at 14:23
  • Well, I wouldn't be so hard on yourself. We use the connotations/analogy of sound in a lot of situations. Think of a room full of people slowly realising the excellence of the person's argument. We could certainly use "resounding" to describe this effect of realisation.
    – JMB
    Jan 29, 2014 at 14:41

Thus the google translator was good enough in this case. "Resounding argument" is the literal translation of the Dutch "doorslaand argument", I noticed. I'll use it to replace "crucial factors", that were not really the right words to use in the context!

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .