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 formsar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverbar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, nounnon·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjectivenon·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, nouno·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjectiveo·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, nounun·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjectiveun·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverbun·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for argumentatively

Historical Examples of argumentatively

  • "Well then, supposing I don't tell you that," the other resumed, argumentatively.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • "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.


    Edith Wharton

  • “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

British Dictionary definitions for argumentatively



given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial
Derived Formsargumentatively, adverbargumentativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for argumentatively



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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