[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. arguendo,
  2. arguer,
  3. argufy,
  4. argument,
  5. argumentation,
  6. argumentum,
  7. argumentum ad hominem,
  8. argun,
  9. argus,
  10. argus pheasant

Origin of argumentative

First recorded in 1635–45; argument + -ative

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British Dictionary definitions for argumentative


/ (ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntətɪv) /


given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial
Derived Formsargumentatively, adverbargumentativeness, 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.

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