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disputatious (adj) argumentative.

A person is disputatious if they are argumentative. You are disputatious if you prolong argument just for the pleasure of it, and are always ready to pick up an argument where there is scope for none. In other words, you are contentious.

  • The village school master of Oliver Goldsmith's 'Deserted Village' was disputatious, as, 'though vanquished, he argued still.'
  • The disputatious young man that John is, he would waste hours on idiotic arguments which are of no use to anybody.
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