argumentative Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective given to or characterized by argument
    • an argumentative discourse
    • argumentative to the point of being cantankerous
    • an intelligent but argumentative child


Ar`gu*men"ta*tive adjective
  1. Consisting of, or characterized by, argument; containing a process of reasoning; as, an argumentative discourse.
  2. Adductive as proof; indicative; as, the adaptation of things to their uses is argumentative of infinite wisdom in the Creator. Obs.
  3. Given to argument; characterized by argument; disputatious; as, an argumentative writer. --Ar`gu*men"ta*tive*ly, adv. -- Ar`gu*men"ta*tive*ness, n.

Webster 1913