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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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As he puts it in Plato's Apology, these investigations - his famous (or infamous) eristical challenges to received opinion which we find captured so memorably in dialogues such as the Republic, the Gorgias, and the Euthyphro - were his business, not his leisure (Apology 23b-c).
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The other, however, or the principle of participation, makes it possible for something to be said of something, for otherwise, as the eristical say, man would be only man and good only good.