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Thesaurus Definition of argumentative

Synonyms & Similar Words

  • controversial
  • contentious
  • quarrelsome
  • disputatious
  • unreasonable
  • belligerent
  • disagreeable
  • uncooperative
  • disobedient
  • insubordinate
  • cantankerous
  • gladiatorial
  • intractable
  • recalcitrant
  • uncompromising
  • ill - tempered
  • ill - natured
  • ill - humored
  • self - willed
  • self - opinionated

Antonyms & Near Antonyms

  • cooperative
  • good - natured
  • conciliatory
  • ingratiating
  • complaisant
  • acquiescent
  • good - tempered
  • confrontational
  • antagonistic
  • on the warpath
  • hot - tempered
  • nonaggressive
  • uncontentious
  • uncombative
  • kindhearted
  • nonbelligerent
  • antimilitarist
  • unbelligerent
  • anti - imperialist
  • problematic
  • problematical
  • hot - button
  • indisputable
  • unquestionable
  • incontrovertible
  • incontestable
  • indubitable
  • irrefutable
  • noncontroversial
  • uncontroversial
  • uncontested

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Definition of argumentative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


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438 adjectives to describe argument

By a chain of unanswerable argument , I have shown you that I hold the fate of your southern acquaintances in my hands , and shall be particularly sorry if you force me to hang Mr. PENDRAGON as a rival .

" She went out to see about it with the girls at her heels and found the old man and the boy in a heated argument over something .

To strengthen the weak Arguments of Love .

For these reasons the argument from the past experience of the race counts for nothing ; and when we examine the theological argument we shall find that it is only the old argument from past experience in another dress .

Finally , it should be rememberedand this is the most weighty argument against the proceedingthat idleness is at the root of all mischief .

Every possible logical argument has been put forward and answered .

" I rowed out to the Laughing Lass very thoughtful , and a little shaken by the plausible argument .

There were , at the time when the sections were arrayed in arms against each other , and there may still be , differences of opinion as to the legal right of secession under the Constitution of the United States , but the inherent right of a people of a State to throw off at will their allegiance to the Federal Union and resume complete sovereignty over the territory of the State was never urged as a conclusive argument .

All the elaborate argument therefore and the cogent reasoning of the above extract fall to pieces based as they are upon a case that has never existed .

The evidence was , indeed , though circumstantial , so convincing , that but little argument was needed to show the shepherd 's guests that after what they had seen it would look very much like connivance if they did not instantly pursue the unhappy third stranger , who could not as yet have gone more than a few hundred yards over such uneven country .

And he addressed to him these specious arguments so incessantly and with such earnestness , that the deluded prince was at last induced to put off his departure , on account of his wife Ferangís pretending that she was ill , and saying that the moment she was better he would return to Túrán .

Having mastered this convincing argument , and become greatly confused by its plausibility , Mr. SIMPSON next gave some attention to what was going on around him in the Office , and allowed his overwrought mind to relax cheerfully in contemplation thereof .

Mr. Horace WALPOLE spoke next , to this purpose : Sir , for the bill now before us I have no particular fondness , nor desire that it should be promoted by any other means than rational arguments , and the representation of indubitable facts .

To this ingenious argument she answered with so much good sense , and at the same time , so much gentleness and artlessness , that I thought I could have listened to her for ever .

The orators paid so much attention to style that they lost the art of composing sentences , and of arranging sound arguments in such a way as to persuade an audience .

They were not mere theological arguments ; but with the wild and furious abstractions of bigotry were often blended various illustrations from history , art , and science , and a tone of keen and delicate satire , which at once refined and made them readable .

Thus the same argument , an argument evidently false , and made specious only by interest , may be used by all , till some one , more bold and honest than the rest , shall dare to rise in vindication of those rights which all have promised to maintain ; and why should not the greatest nation be the first that shall avow her solemn engagements ?

It would seem as if no valid argument could be made in favor of suspension because the effect of the rule would be to revive and perpetuate an inequitable and unjustifiable act .

The decisive argument in this connection is the fact , upon which we have just touched , that savings are supplied largely by people who are relatively rich , and who become richer when the rate of interest rises .

You can not hover with him upon the confines of truth , or wander in the maze of a probable argument .

Against such an enterprize , projected by such an individual , what forcible arguments might be urged , not only by every selfish passion , but even by that prudence , and that reason , which are allowed to regulate an elevated mind !

The principal internal argument for this opinion is the teaching that the anticipation may begin from the public hour of first vespers , and these may be recited publicly according to present - day custom at 2 p.m. Therefore , this time , 2 o'clock p.m. , is the beginning of the ecclesiastical day , and can be taken as the time for private anticipation of Matins and Lauds .

Until better arguments can be produced than sophisms which disgrace the cause , this desire itself must remain the strongest and the only presumption that eternity is the inheritance of every thinking being . '

He was sure to win them over to his cause with his wonderful , clear persuasive arguments .

But he that declares his suspicion , may be called upon to discover upon what facts it is founded ; nor will this part of the law produce any difficulty in the present case ; for as every man in the nation suspects this person of the most enormous crimes , every man can produce sufficient arguments to justify his opinion .

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Words to Describe argument

Below is a list of describing words for argument . You can sort the descriptive words by uniqueness or commonness using the button above. Sorry if there's a few unusual suggestions! The algorithm isn't perfect, but it does a pretty good job for most common nouns. Here's the list of words that can be used to describe argument :

  • nice knock-down
  • practical or logical
  • loud and lengthy
  • moral, legal and psychological
  • hour-long philosophical
  • convincing, constitutional
  • skilful and impassioned
  • familiar playful
  • unassailable and thoroughly convincing
  • macho emotional
  • weighty negative
  • congenial and convincing
  • obviously specious
  • clearly specious
  • old and long-running
  • endless and probably unsuccessful
  • absolutely unanswerable
  • excellent knock-down
  • unanswerable female
  • pointless and repetitive
  • seemingly compelling
  • considerable loud
  • last fatuous
  • intricate or profound
  • bitter and perhaps hysterical
  • loud, acrimonious
  • seemingly unsophisticated
  • legal and psychological
  • lengthy and rigorous
  • down-home, pragmatic
  • sober and logical
  • seductively eloquent
  • cramped and cautious
  • long and utterly futile
  • famous ontological
  • weak and tortuous
  • wholly specious
  • complete and ironclad
  • good concise
  • latest decent
  • eternal modern
  • stronger historic
  • loud and equal
  • brisk mathematical
  • long and markedly irrelevant
  • silent but fierce
  • luminous platonic
  • adverse and powerful
  • convenient and perfectly justifiable
  • long and practical
  • sharp or warm
  • so-called ontological
  • appeal and powerful
  • academic and idle
  • denial or general
  • simplest economical
  • chief and most solid
  • truly compelling
  • home-market
  • studious, higher
  • simplest and most unanswerable
  • long and unproductive
  • long and troubling
  • queasily specious
  • notably profane
  • loud and notably profane
  • long and still unsettled
  • constantly elusive
  • sensible or fair
  • obscure but vehement
  • wild, strident
  • increasingly petty
  • sardonic, interminable
  • plain and conclusive
  • violent and regrettable
  • short and inconclusive
  • violent electronic
  • ingeniously wrong-headed
  • classical sentimental
  • exhaustive but futile
  • strangely inconclusive
  • bad concurrent
  • weakest and most fallacious
  • present and acute
  • so-called aetiological
  • complete teleological
  • rational theistic
  • intricate and indigestible
  • constructive and compelling
  • old-fashioned, speculative
  • stinging and unsatisfactory
  • real and conclusive
  • wholly temporary
  • acute philological
  • long and very confusing
  • sufficient scriptural
  • potent contradictory
  • ingenious and fallacious

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  • argumentative

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

Words Nearby argumentative

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  • argumentum ad hominem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


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