argumentative

adjective ar·gu·men·ta·tive \ ˌär-gyə-ˈmen-tə-tiv \
variants: or less commonly argumentive play \-ˈmen-tiv\
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of argumentative

1 : given to argument : tending to argue : having or showing a tendency to disagree or argue with other people in an angry way : disputatious
  • He became argumentative when confronted with the allegation.
  • an argumentative temperament
  • … had been a pigheaded, argumentative, irascible, and unlikable man …
  • —Colleen McCullough
2 : consisting of or characterized by argument
  • argumentative discourse
  • aired their opinions in an argumentative way

argumentatively

adverb

Examples of argumentative in a Sentence

  1. He became more argumentative during the debate.

  2. he's too argumentative to be part of a project in which teamwork is critical

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Origin and Etymology of argumentative

see argue


ARGUMENTATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

argumentative

adjective

Definition of argumentative for English Language Learners

  • : tending to argue : having or showing a tendency to disagree or argue with other people in an angry way



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