argumentative

[ ahr-gyuh-men-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˌɑr gyəˈmɛn tə tɪv /

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.

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Origin of argumentative

First recorded in 1635–45; argument + -ative

OTHER WORDS FROM argumentative

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Example sentences from the Web for argumentativeness

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

British Dictionary definitions for argumentativeness

argumentative
/ (ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntətɪv) /

adjective

given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial

Derived forms of argumentative

argumentatively, adverbargumentativeness, noun
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