Adjective "argumentative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Given to arguing.
  1. 'I have found that, with my mother nursing me again, we have grown closer, even though my argumentative manner hasn't waned with my health.'
  2. 'Edinburgh [during the Enlightenment] is a tiny little place where there is a small group of argumentative, ferociously competitive, hard-drinking, brilliant men.'
  3. 'The addressee is encouraged to be assertive but not argumentative; friendly but not trusting; vigorous and impressive but not overstretching it.'
  4. 'Despite a somewhat argumentative meeting with my boss on Friday, things smoothed out in the end so I'll have a good reference.'
  5. 'If he doesn't eat, his sugar is low, then he tends to get very argumentative, moody and bad-tempered.'
  6. 'He remains on good terms with them 30 years later, and his encounters and phone conversations with Bono are the spine of the book - argumentative, philosophical and challenging.'
  7. 'I have been to two or three of these events and have been struck that they are often really engaging and argumentative and quite surprise the adults.'
  8. 'The visitors, too, were in argumentative mood.'
  9. 'I certainly feel like I get a good sampling of people who disagree with me, based on how frequently I end up commenting in an argumentative fashion.'
  10. 'Indeed, the seeds of bitterness germinating in him today are also the seeds of a disorganised, argumentative political party.'
Using or characterized by systematic reasoning.
  1. 'If we have spent several class periods introducing conventions of reasoned evidence in argumentative writing, we usually look for such features in student papers.'
  2. 'But in an ostensibly substantial and argumentative book review?'
  3. 'The paper then directed all of year 10 to select one question, answer it and discuss the reasons for their answer in an argumentative essay.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be argumentative."

"contexts can be argumentative."

"aspects can be argumentative."

"styles can be argumentative."

"discourses can be argumentative."

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Late Middle English: from Old French argumentatif, -ive or late Latin argumentativus, from argumentari ‘conduct an argument’.