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Definitions for argumentative
ˌɑr gyəˈmɛn tə tɪvar·gu·men·ta·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. argumentativeadjective

    given to or characterized by argument

    "an argumentative discourse"; "argumentative to the point of being cantankerous"; "an intelligent but argumentative child"


  1. argumentativeadjective

    prone to argue or dispute

  2. Etymology: From argumentat-, stem of argumentor + -ive

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Argumentativeadjective

    Consisting of argument; containing argument.

    Etymology: from argument.

    This omission, considering the bounds within which the argumentative part of my discourse was confined, I could not avoid. Francis Atterbury, Sermons. Pref. to his.


  1. Argumentative

    In the American legal system, argumentative is an evidentiary objection raised in response to a question which prompts a witness to draw inferences from facts of the case.One common misconception is that argumentative questions are meant only to cause a witness to argue with the examiner. This error rests on misunderstanding the word "argument". Argument can mean "a series of persuasive statements" (the legal sense discussed in this article) as well as "a verbal fight or disagreement". Thus, an argumentative objection may be raised only when the lawyer himself is making a legal argument under the guise of asking a question. "Badgering the witness" is the proper objection for a lawyer who is antagonizing or mocking a witness by asking insulting or derisive questions, perhaps in an attempt to provoke an emotional response.


  1. argumentative

    Argumentative is an adjective used to describe a person or behavior that often involves or is characterized by arguments, disputes or disagreements. It can also refer to a type of writing or speech that presents a clear position on a specific issue and uses evidence and reasoning to support that position.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Argumentativeadjective

    consisting of, or characterized by, argument; containing a process of reasoning; as, an argumentative discourse

  2. Argumentativeadjective

    adductive as proof; indicative; as, the adaptation of things to their uses is argumentative of infinite wisdom in the Creator

  3. Argumentativeadjective

    given to argument; characterized by argument; disputatious; as, an argumentative writer


  1. Argumentative

    Argumentative is an evidentiary objection raised in response to a question which prompts a witness to draw inferences from facts of the case. An argumentative objection is raised as "badgering the witness". Often, argumentative questions do not seek to establish additional facts or check the reliability of existing facts. Instead, they are meant only to cause a witness to argue with the examiner. An "argumentative" objection is often stated as "Objection, your Honor, argumentative." adjective ⁕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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of argumentative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of argumentative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of argumentative in a Sentence

  1. Lin Sternlicht:

    It is easy to fall into a trap of being negative and argumentative with your partner. Instead, be positive, point out their assets and attributes, and remember to tell your partner what you appreciate about them, they will be more likely to listen and respect your feelings and thoughts when you are even-keeled than if you are only critical of them.

  2. Hagerstown Police Chief Mark Holtzman:

    He was conscious and he was still argumentative with the police even when he was being loaded in the ambulance to be transported to the hospital.

  3. Kristen Lee Costa:

    If you’re branded as being too argumentative, it will cause people to take you less seriously—even when you have a rational, legitimate gripe, it leads to low trust, and as a result, people will often avoid you.

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