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buttress (verb) support; prop.

When you buttress something, you support it. You prop it up, you strengthen it. For example, when you want to strengthen your argument, you quote statistics, you produce evidences. That is, you buttress your arguments by quoting statistics and evidences. 'She has buttressed her claim for a hike in her pay by exceeding her targets.' This means, by exceeding her targets, she has now stronger claims for asking for a rise in her pay. You buttress your right to a property by producing documents in your favor. This means, you prove more strongly your right to a property with the support of the documents.

  • The substantial increase in the sales of the product buttresses the company's claim that their product is more popular than those of the other companies.
  • His higher score average in all the games played so far, and his better record of human relations, than those of the other members of his team, buttress his continuance as the captain of his team.
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