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[dis-pyoo-tey-shuh s] /ˌdɪs pyʊˈteɪ ʃəs/
fond of or given to disputation; argumentative; contentious:
disputatious litigants.
Also, disputative
[dih-spyoo-tuh-tiv] /dɪˈspyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA)
Origin of disputatious
1650-60; disputati(on) + -ous
Related forms
disputatiously, adverb
disputatiousness, noun
nondisputatious, adjective
nondisputatiously, adverb
nondisputatiousness, noun
undisputatious, adjective
undisputatiously, adverb
undisputatiousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disputatious
  • But he was possessed of an irascible temper, and was naturally disputatious.
  • The bishops' conference may be less disputatious than its predecessors.
  • The anti-war doves, as will be seen, form a growing and disputatious camp.
  • We have a community of smart, thoughtful, often disputatious people who are grounded in reality.
  • The criteria used is generally only in complex cases with disputatious or contentious counsel.
British Dictionary definitions for disputatious


inclined to argument
Derived Forms
disputatiously, disputatively, adverb
disputatiousness, disputativeness, noun
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