American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inclined to dispute. See Synonyms at argumentative.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characterized by disputation; controversial; polemical; contentious: as, a disputatious temper.
- Inclined to dispute or wrangle; apt to debate, cavil, or controvert: as, a disputatious theologian.
- adj. Of or relating to something that is in question as to its value or intent.
- adj. Inclined to argue or debate; provoking debate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inclined to dispute; apt to civil or controvert; characterized by dispute.
- adj. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
“I commend you for the use of the word disputatious as you confronted the defense secretary.”
“I believe one great source of our concord is that neither he nor I are disputatious, which is not the case with any of them.”
“disputatious" and was causing corrosive damage to South Africa's national image and international credibility.”
“disputatious" is generally used as a word of reproach; but we can express our meaning only by saying that Lord Holland was most courteously and pleasantly disputatious.”
“Lord of Loo, I thought this forum would be interesting and fun but it seems as if it is possessed by a paranoid, disputatious, neurotic with too much time on her hands.”
“Then as now, there was no question in the minds of the 99%” that Wall Street was principally to blame for the country’s crisis however much that verdict has since been challenged by disputatious academics.”
“It's simply impossible for me to "belong" to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”
“Roosevelt had a disputatious left, an aroused labor movement; Johnson had the Civil Rights movement; Obama deserves a movement that will march on him, not just with him.”
“It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.”
“Not surprised, Hudson took advantage of this opportunity and gave his increasingly disputatious crew a choice: They could return to Amsterdam, having failed to discover anything of significance, or they could take a gamble and strike out across the Atlantic, using either Smith's or Weymouth's journals as their guide.”
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