1. Given to arguing; disputatious.
2. Of or characterized by argument: an argumentative discourse.
Synonyms: argumentative, contentious, disputatious, quarrelsome, scrappy2
These adjectives mean given to or characterized by arguing: an argumentative child; a contentious mood; a disputatious scholar; a quarrelsome drinker; a scrappy exchange.
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