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[ahr-gyuh-men-tuh-tiv] /ˌɑr gyəˈmɛn tə tɪv/

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.
given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial

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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