EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. Related forms ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun non·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjective non·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb non·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun o·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjective o·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb o·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun un·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjective un·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb un·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for argumentatively Historical Examples of argumentatively
"Well then, supposing I don't tell you that," the other resumed,
"And he hasn't any other place to eat," said Miss Lady,
"I don't know on what you base that," said Miss Van Vluyck
“You would like Eric,” she said,
argumentatively rather than hopefully.
"But it won't do a penn'orth of good," broke in Tims,
argumentatively. British Dictionary definitions for argumentatively adjective given to arguing; contentious characterized by argument; controversial Derived Forms argumentatively, adverb argumentativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for argumentatively adj.
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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