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[ahr-gyuh-men-tuh-tiv] /ˌɑr gyəˈmɛn tə tɪv/
fond of or given to argument and dispute; disputatious; contentious:
The law students were an unusually argumentative group.
of or characterized by argument; controversial:
an argumentative attitude toward political issues.
Law. arguing or containing arguments suggesting that a certain fact tends toward a certain conclusion.
Origin of argumentative
First recorded in 1635-45; argument + -ative
Related forms
argumentatively, adverb
argumentativeness, noun
nonargumentative, adjective
nonargumentatively, adverb
nonargumentativeness, noun
overargumentative, adjective
overargumentatively, adverb
overargumentativeness, noun
unargumentative, adjective
unargumentatively, adverb
unargumentativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for argumentative
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  • "That's not the case," he observed with argumentative calmness.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Uncle Remus seemed to boil over with argumentative indignation.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • Voices from forward came to him, muffled, but angry and argumentative.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • “I think your fear is all an empty affair,” he said, in an argumentative tone.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
  • But he was an old bird, and not to be caught in an argumentative cage.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for argumentative


given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial
Derived Forms
argumentatively, adverb
argumentativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for argumentative

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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