argumentative


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  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.

adjective

  1. given to arguing; contentious
  2. characterized by argument; controversial
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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