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[ahr-gyuh-men-tuh-tiv] /ˌɑr gyəˈmɛn tə tɪv/
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
1635-45; argument + -ative
Related forms
argumentatively, adverb
argumentativeness, noun
nonargumentative, adjective
nonargumentatively, adverb
nonargumentativeness, noun
overargumentative, adjective
overargumentatively, adverb
overargumentativeness, noun
unargumentative, adjective
unargumentatively, adverb
unargumentativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for argumentative
  • And half of them are shrilly argumentative about it.
  • But if you take the point of view of the argumentative theory, having a confirmation bias makes complete sense.
  • Our hypothesis is that the function of reasoning is argumentative.
  • But that's enough about the tone of the argumentative parts of this book.
  • Most important, this argumentative culture nurtures a sense of responsibility.
  • His persuasive powers were small, and he was fairly distanced in argumentative skill, raillery and vituperation.
  • It displays some argumentative power: and the verse is not entirely devoid of vigour.
  • The relatively new science of solar weather prediction remains argumentative, however, not unlike terrestrial meteorology.
  • There has often been a tender but unintended humor in the argumentative writing by advocates of eventual computer sentience.
  • It's a difficult point to dispute in this argumentative collection.
British Dictionary definitions for argumentative


given to arguing; contentious
characterized by argument; controversial
Derived Forms
argumentatively, adverb
argumentativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for argumentative

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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