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noun as in verbal fight

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  • altercation
  • controversy
  • disagreement

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  • bone of contention
  • bone to pick
  • difference of opinion
  • falling-out
  • knock-down-drag-out

noun as in effort to convince; presentation of support

  • questioning
  • argumentation
  • expostulation
  • remonstrance
  • remonstration
  • line of reasoning

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noun as in fight, often verbal

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noun as in presentation of argument

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noun as in main part of written work

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noun as in difference of opinion

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Barr was explicit about setting the table for that argument in an interview with a Chicago Tribune columnist this week.

What was important for us was finding a solution that fit the customer behavior—that’s the key argument for moving users from an illegal website to a legal one.

A super PAC funded almost entirely by Illinois megadonor Richard Uihlein, Restoration has run a string of ads in the Midwest supporting local Republican candidates and making very different arguments against Joe Biden.

Murphy says that from October 2018 to March 2019, he, Nielsen, and other top DHS officials discussed how best to present their argument to Congress for building a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

You kind of need a case study to have a solid argument for an advertiser.

In 2009, a Pakistani Christian woman got into a religious argument with some Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries.

I remember that after the movie, people were saying how depressing it was, and I started an argument with them.

Mehdi Bayati has been putting forward the same argument as my middle school teachers.

The argument now is how to limit certain types of plays that banks can make under certain circumstances.

The New York kingmaker who died Monday believed voters could actually handle a nuanced argument.

Many people when presented with the argument above, would settle it at once with the word "socialism."

"But I don't see what you can shoot with it," said Davy, feeling that he was somehow getting the worst of the argument.

That argument was not the one of least weight in the council in determining that our fleet should not sail against the enemy.

These brilliant results were arrived at after much clamour and argument and imposing procès verbal.

An argument took place in a coffee-house, between two men of taste, as to the best method of dressing a beefsteak.

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On this page you'll find 160 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to argument, such as: altercation, bickering, brawl, clash, controversy, and debate.

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fond of or given to argument and dispute; disputatious; contentious: The law students were an unusually argumentative group.

of or characterized by argument ; controversial: an argumentative attitude toward political issues.

Law . arguing or containing arguments suggesting that a certain fact tends toward a certain conclusion.

Origin of argumentative

Other words from argumentative.

  • ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb
  • ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun
  • non·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjective
  • non·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun
  • o·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjective
  • o·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun
  • un·ar·gu·men·ta·tive, adjective
  • un·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness, noun

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How to use argumentative in a sentence

In addition to the heat, shifts that should have had five or six employees had two or three, and one of Flores’s former supervisors was “very argumentative ,” Flores told the “Today” show.

This argumentative stance became a hallmark of his public persona.

The passengers were “non-mask compliant, rowdy, argumentative ” and harassed crew members, the airline said.

A “why” question, always dangerous for various reasons, is particularly objectionable when argumentative .

“Debate is competitive argumentation so debaters tend to be competitive and argumentative ,” Lubetsky said.

This deeply engaged, argumentative monologue is an exercise in reaching, again and again beyond the limits of unbelieving.

And being too argumentative can cost you part of your social circle.

Some have speculated the argumentative Hampton could be a new addition to the Atlanta Housewives cast.

Mr. Shiel followed, in a speech which was more personal than argumentative .

The argumentative force of the passage being admitted, its doctrinal import deserves attention.

He simply took his model and abridged it, by throwing out all argumentative , illustrative and amplificatory material.

There was something that caught his attention in the note of this—a longing half hopeless, half argumentative to be believed in.

Besides, it was not to be denied that even the elderly and argumentative found themselves listening to his discourses.

British Dictionary definitions for argumentative

/ ( ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntətɪv ) /

given to arguing; contentious

characterized by argument; controversial

Derived forms of argumentative

  • argumentatively , adverb
  • argumentativeness , noun

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  • bad-tempered
  • be hell on wheels idiom
  • be like a bear with a sore head idiom
  • be spoiling for a fight idiom
  • have a short fuse idiom
  • stroppiness

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What does the adjective argumentative mean?

There are three meanings listed in OED's entry for the adjective argumentative , one of which is labelled obsolete. See ‘Meaning & use’ for definitions, usage, and quotation evidence.

Entry status

OED is undergoing a continuous programme of revision to modernize and improve definitions. This entry has not yet been fully revised.

How common is the adjective argumentative ?

How is the adjective argumentative pronounced, british english, where does the adjective argumentative come from.

Earliest known use

The earliest known use of the adjective argumentative is in the mid 1600s.

OED's earliest evidence for argumentative is from 1642, in the writing of Edward Dering, antiquary and religious controversialist.

argumentative is a borrowing from French.

It is derived from French argumentatif , ‑ive .

Nearby entries

  • argufy, v. 1751–
  • arguing, n. c1385–
  • arguitive, adj.
  • arguitively, adv. a1665
  • argument, n. c1374–
  • argument, v. c1320–1747
  • argumentable, adj. 1588–1642
  • argumental, adj. 1595–
  • argumentate, v. 1586
  • argumentation, n. a1492–
  • argumentative, adj. 1642–
  • argumentatively, adv. a1660–
  • argumentativeness, n. 1731–
  • argumentator, n. 1635–
  • argumentive, adj. 1668
  • argumentize, v. a1641
  • argumentizer, n. 1684
  • argumentizing, n. 1681–91
  • argumentose, adj. 1731
  • Argus, n. 1387–
  • argus-eyed, adj. 1603–

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