As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants A and B. If I said that A was good for a, b, and c, and B was good because of d, e, and f, then let the person asking make their own decision. Is there even a name for this? I feel like it's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of what it's called.


  • is the repeated 'c' argument a feature, or do you mean 'd, e and f'? – JMP Mar 16 '15 at 14:35
  • @JonMarkPerry Oops, I'll fix that now. – nas Mar 16 '15 at 14:50
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    You're presenting a balanced argument. But I'd just go with 'weighing up the pro's and cons' in this conversational register. Once I'd checked to see if pro's is one of those extremely rare plurals that can be formed using an apostrophe. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 16 '15 at 15:14
  • @EdwinAshworth Yeah, it seems like that's what I'm going to have to call it. Thanks! – nas Mar 16 '15 at 18:50
  • @Edwin Ashworth: Why would you think pros might have an apostrophe when cons doesn't? Does it just "look wrong" without it? Like "dos and dont's" – Brian Hitchcock Jul 4 '15 at 8:40

Here are some single word choices for presenting two choices equally: unbiased, impartial, nonpartisan, neutral.


I'd probably use something like "I gave him the full skinny on either" here.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

n 1: confidential information about a topic or person; "he wanted the inside skinny on the new partner"

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