[dis-pyoo-tey-shuh s]


fond of or given to disputation; argumentative; contentious: disputatious litigants.

Also dis·put·a·tive [dih-spyoo-tuh-tiv] /dɪˈspyu tə tɪv/.

Origin of disputatious

First recorded in 1650–60; disputati(on) + -ous
Related formsdis·pu·ta·tious·ly, adverbdis·pu·ta·tious·ness, nounnon·dis·pu·ta·tious, adjectivenon·dis·pu·ta·tious·ly, adverbnon·dis·pu·ta·tious·ness, nounun·dis·pu·ta·tious, adjectiveun·dis·pu·ta·tious·ly, adverbun·dis·pu·ta·tious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for disputatious

Contemporary Examples of disputatious

  • There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.

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    The Glorious Fourth

    David Frum

    July 4, 2012

  • It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.

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    Anne Rice's Christianity Crisis

    Kirsten Powers

    August 2, 2010

Historical Examples of disputatious

British Dictionary definitions for disputatious


disputative (dɪˈspjuːtətɪv)


inclined to argument
Derived Formsdisputatiously or disputatively, adverbdisputatiousness or disputativeness, noun
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