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Inclined to dispute. See Synonyms at argumentative.

dis′pu·ta′tious·ly adv.
dis′pu·ta′tious·ness n.


(ˌdɪspjʊˈteɪʃəs) or


inclined to argument
ˌdispuˈtatiously, disˈputatively adv
ˌdispuˈtatiousness, disˈputativeness n


(ˌdɪs pyʊˈteɪ ʃəs)

also dis•put•a•tive

(dɪˈspyu tə tɪv)

fond of or given to disputation; argumentative; contentious.
dis`pu•ta′tious•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disputatious - inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits; "a style described as abrasive and contentious"; "a disputatious lawyer"; "a litigious and acrimonious spirit"
argumentative - given to or characterized by argument; "an argumentative discourse"; "argumentative to the point of being cantankerous"; "an intelligent but argumentative child"




[ˌdɪspjuːˈteɪʃəs] ADJdiscutidor, disputador


References in classic literature ?
I think it will be conceded by my most disputatious reader, that she could hardly have directed an unfortunate boy to do anything in the wide world more difficult to be done under the circumstances.
Doctrine it was necessary to preach, for nothing less would have satisfied the disputatious people who were his listeners, and who would have interpreted silence on his part into a tacit acknowledgment of the superficial nature of his creed.
You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is really the only notable feature about the thing.
Representing disputatious businessmen who move in a highly competitive world is always a challenge as he explained: "Successful businessmen have that heightened competitive edge and can only survive by having this.
No one, I suspect, will deny Vermes's contention that the identity of Jesus was a fluid and often disputatious topic in early Christianity.
JIM FOLEY: After months of disputatious back-and-forth between the Deny Republican activist and Jennifer Horn, chair of the state party, over the party's finances, he decides to resign from both his Republican State Committee post as well as chair of the Derry Republican Committee.
Were I of a disputatious bent, however, I might point out that Nau's own definition of conservatism--the belief "that if man cannot govern himself, he has no business governing others"--could be presented as prima facie evidence that his neoconservative or conservative internationalist foreign policy is hardly conservative at all.
A raft of bills that would dramatically alter the way beer is sold and consumed in Texas sailed through tentative approval from the House on Friday after a lengthy and disputatious process between brewers and beer distributors.
In Scott's own time the term came to mean disputatious intellectual as well as material territory, and it is a term that has enjoyed a new life in studies of the Romantic period, as part of Border Studies more generally, in an age when devolution and independence are being fiercely debated, although curiously, in a book intent on connecting past and present, Shanks makes little or nothing of this political context.
How disputatious the legal landscape in Ghana can become was illustrated at the Supreme Court at the word "go"--even before the petition proper to the Court was heard.
Nevertheless, to the Spanish, Lowell's appointment came as a delight and a courtesy, in contrast to that of the disputatious and aggressive General Sickles.
Much of More's humor comes from this disputatious function of wit.