Argumentative



fond of or given to and dispute; disputatious; contentious:
The law students were an unusually argumentative group.
of or characterized by ; controversial:
an argumentative attitude toward political issues.
Law. or containing suggesting that a certain fact tends toward a certain conclusion.
Contemporary Examples

“It resulted in an extremely confrontational and argumentative persona,” Dupont says.
The Inside Outsider Artist Anthony Haden-Guest January 13, 2010

“Debate is competitive argumentation so debaters tend to be competitive and argumentative,” Lubetsky said.
Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same Patricia Murphy August 18, 2013

This deeply engaged, argumentative monologue is an exercise in reaching, again and again beyond the limits of unbelieving.
This Week’s Hot Reads: April 1, 2013 Mythili Rao, Jimmy So March 31, 2013

And being too argumentative can cost you part of your social circle.
Unfriending Over Politics Howard Kurtz March 11, 2012

A “why” question, always dangerous for various reasons, is particularly objectionable when argumentative.
Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court James D. Zirin May 4, 2014

Historical Examples

This conclusive, but as argumentative process not recognised in House.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93. August 6, 1887. Various

“That’s not the case,” he observed with argumentative calmness.
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

Joe Quigley had locked himself into the inner office, but even there he was surrounded by a group of argumentative young men.
Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt

Uncle Remus seemed to boil over with argumentative indignation.
Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris

By way of securing a sharp contrast serviceable for illustrative and argumentative purposes, I take an extract from Mr. Darwin.
The Relations of Science and Religion Henry Calderwood

adjective
given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial
adj.

mid-15c., “pertaining to arguments,” from Old French argumentatif or directly from Latin argumentat-, past participle stem of argumentari (see argue) + -ive. Meaning “fond of arguing” is recorded from 1660s. Related: Argumentatively; argumentativeness.

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