- 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
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Examples from the Web for argumentatively
"Well then, supposing I don't tell you that," the other resumed, argumentatively.The Market-Place
"And he hasn't any other place to eat," said Miss Lady, argumentatively.
"I don't know on what you base that," said Miss Van Vluyck argumentatively.Xingu
“You would like Eric,” she said, argumentatively rather than hopefully.
"But it won't do a penn'orth of good," broke in Tims, argumentatively.The Invader
Margaret L. Woods
- given to arguing; contentious
- characterized by argument; controversial
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Word Origin and History for argumentatively
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