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 (ĭ-rĭs′tĭk) also e·ris·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Given to or characterized by disputatious, often specious argument.
1. One given to disputation or argument.
2. The art or practice of disputation and polemics.

[Greek eristikos, from erizein, to wrangle, quarrel, from eris, erid-, strife.]
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Adj.1.eristical - given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments
argumentative - given to or characterized by argument; "an argumentative discourse"; "argumentative to the point of being cantankerous"; "an intelligent but argumentative child"
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