Argumentatively



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.
Historical Examples

Did you say that he was argumentatively inclined so he would take the opposite side of any argument?
Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

“Well then, supposing I don’t tell you that,” the other resumed, argumentatively.
The Market-Place Harold Frederic

“But you pretend to like Mr. Barker a great deal more than you like Doctor Claudius,” said she argumentatively.
Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford

“And he hasn’t any other place to eat,” said Miss Lady, argumentatively.
The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X) Various

“And there also is an obstacle which I had forgotten to enumerate,” Julian said argumentatively.
The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller

“I don’t know on what you base that,” said Miss Van Vluyck argumentatively.
Xingu Edith Wharton

Can any one do more than suppose, or argumentatively assume it?
Thirty Years’ View (Vol. I of 2) Thomas Hart Benton

“You would like Eric,” she said, argumentatively rather than hopefully.
Beasts and Super-Beasts Saki

“An almost untenable hypothesis,” said Professor Bavenden argumentatively.
The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams

“She’s all right, I tell you,” returned John argumentatively.
The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham

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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