from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined to dispute. See Synonyms at argumentative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to something that is in question as to its value or intent.
  • adj. Inclined to argue or debate; provoking debate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined to dispute; apt to civil or controvert; characterized by dispute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characterized by disputation; controversial; polemical; contentious: as, a disputatious temper.
  • Inclined to dispute or wrangle; apt to debate, cavil, or controvert: as, a disputatious theologian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits


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