Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to arguing; disputatious.
  • adj. Of or characterized by argument: an argumentative discourse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. prone to argue or dispute

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, or characterized by, argument; containing a process of reasoning.
  • adj. Adductive as proof; indicative.
  • adj. Given to argument; characterized by argument; disputatious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting in argument; containing a process of reasoning; controversial: as, an argumentative discourse.
  • Showing reasons for.
  • Addicted to argument; disputatious: as, an argumentative writer; he is very argumentative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. given to or characterized by argument

Etymologies

From argumentat-, stem of Latin argumentariĀ ("to prove, to conclude") + -ive (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a consequence of a psychological phenomenon that might be called "argumentative reasoning," we're very skillful at arguing a particular case.

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  • But to say if some of them owned slaves or thought of women or minorities as less than equal, then that must mean they were wrong on the 2nd, is just plain argumentative.

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  • It was one of the toughest assignments of senior year -- a 4,000-word argumentative essay on a controversial topic.

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  • Relevant to this discussion is the phenomenon of the so-called argumentative child.

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  • This again is to say that it is due to the badness of the audience when his rhetoric includes aspects which are not in line with the idea of argumentative and pertinent rhetoric. (iii) In dealing with methods of traditional rhetoric Aristotle obviously assumes that even methods which have traditionally been used instead of argumentation can be refined so that they support the aim of an argumentative style of rhetoric.

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  • Templates, Tips and Examples Persuasive essay, also known as argumentative essay or argument essay, is used to convince the reader of a writer's argument (s) relating to a debatable issue.

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  • He said Jared Loughner had not displayed in the neighborhood the kind of argumentative, nonsensical behavior that raised concerns about his mental health at Pima Community College, where he was suspended last fall and directed to get a mental evaluation before returning.

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  • "There were a few- un-American dirty commie pinko symps, no doubt- who decried the resultant proliferation of "argumentative" devices among high-powered autos."

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  • But my aim here is at a particular kind of history--an 'argumentative' history, for lack of a better phrase - which explores the appearance and construction of canonical texts within particular arguments, and tries generally to avoid taking a position on the merits of substantive claims.

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  • Libertarians, in a kind of argumentative trickery, have sought to link Garrett Hardin's "The Tragedy of the Commons" to public lands in order to make their case against public ownership.

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