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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
So every disagreement and contradiction among her disputatious Cabinet becomes the headline of the day, or the running story of the week.
He taught English at schools in Kent and Essex and continued to live in Britain Robert Bush in The Guardian described him as 'a great friend, a man of immense intellectual power, endlessly disputatious, with passions that brooked no compromise.
We, all of us are, and each and every one of us is," writes Li-Young Lee, "a member of one of the most violent, destructive, desirous, disputatious, creative, innovative, loving, tender, hateful, brute, reflective, imitative, cowardly, irrational, reasoning, unconscious, insensitive, and visionary species on the planet.
In the disputatious politics of Glasgow University Muir stood closer to John Anderson--'Jolly Jack Phosphorus'--a marginal and estranged member of the professoriate who eventually left money in his will to found the Andersonian Institution, the future University of Strathclyde.
Instead, he maintains, this relationship was ever-changing, often disputatious, and seldom reducible to simple formulae.
The initial disputatious Facebook posting has in the meantime been deleted.
When it was first enacted, you approached the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) like so many other disputatious topics, with mixed feelings.
The Disputatious Caribbean: The West Indies in the Seventeenth Century.
An additional reason to limit our use of "conservative" is that some members of our sample, particularly some disputatious libertarians (but perhaps I repeat myself), do not like being called conservative.