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argumentative

[ahr-gyuh-men-tuh-tiv]
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adjective
  1. fond of or given to argument and dispute; disputatious; contentious: The law students were an unusually argumentative group.
  2. of or characterized by argument; controversial: an argumentative attitude toward political issues.
  3. Law. arguing or containing arguments suggesting that a certain fact tends toward a certain conclusion.
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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
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Related Words

belligerence, litigiousness, cantankerousness

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Historical Examples

  • In this way I probably developed the strain of argumentativeness, or perhaps combativeness, which has always remained with me.

    Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie


British Dictionary definitions for argumentativeness

argumentative

adjective
  1. given to arguing; contentious
  2. characterized by argument; controversial
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Derived Formsargumentatively, adverbargumentativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for argumentativeness

argumentative

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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