We propose a generic notion of consistency in an abstract labelling setting, based on two relations: one of intolerance between the labelled elements and one of incompatibility between the labels assigned to them, thus allowing a spectrum of consistency requirements depending on the actual choice of these relations. As a first application to formal argumentation, we show that traditional Dung’s semantics can be put in correspondence with different consistency requirements in this context. We consider then the issue of consistency preservation when a labelling is obtained as a synthesis of a set of labellings, as is the case for the traditional notion of argument justification. In this context we provide a general characterization of consistency-preserving synthesis functions and analyze the case of argument justification in this respect.
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