disputatious

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adjective dis·pu·ta·tious \-shəs\

Definition of disputatious

  1. 1a :  inclined to disputeb :  marked by disputation

  2. 2 :  provoking debate :  controversial

disputatiously

adverb

disputatiousness

noun

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Examples of disputatious in a Sentence

  1. a long history of little wars waged by the disputatious countries occupying that European peninsula

  2. a disputatious professor who could give you an argument on just about anything

Recent Examples of disputatious from the Web

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The History of disputatious Isn't Controversial

Disputatious can be used of both people and things. Disputatious people like to provoke arguments or find something to disagree about. In the "things" category, the word can apply to both situations and issues. For example, court trials are disputatious; that is, they are marked by disputation, or verbal controversy. An issue or matter is disputatious if it provokes controversy. However, if a matter, such as an assertion made by someone, is open to question rather than downright controversial, it's merely disputable. In any case, there's no arguing that both disputatious and its synonym disputative have changed their connotation somewhat from their Latin source, the verb disputare. That word means simply "to discuss."

First Known Use of disputatious

1660



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