argumentative

If you're argumentative, you have a tendency to quarrel or squabble. An argumentative classmate always finds a reason to disagree with the teacher's viewpoint.

You'd probably enjoy being on a debate team if you're naturally argumentative. Argumentative people always seem to come up with an argument or difference of opinion. When it first appeared in the 15th century, argumentative simply described anything having to do with arguments, from the Latin root arguere, "make clear, make known, or demonstrate." By the 1660s, it had also come to mean "fond of arguing."

Definitions of argumentative
  1. adjective
    given to or characterized by argument
    “an argumentative discourse”
    argumentative to the point of being cantankerous”
    “an intelligent but argumentative child”
    Synonyms:
    quarrelsome
    given to quarreling
    combative, contentious, disputatious, disputative, litigious
    inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    eristic, eristical
    given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments
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    Antonyms:
    unargumentative
    not given to or characterized by argument
    noncontentious
    of persons; not given to controversy
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  2. adjective
    proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition
    synonyms: dianoetic, discursive
    logical
    capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning
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