Someone combative likes to fight, whether with fists or words.

See the word combat in combative? That's a clue to this word's meaning. Since combat is a type of fighting — usually in war — anyone described as combative likes to fight or just can't help getting in fights. A frequent barroom brawler is combative, but so is someone who is always starting arguments. Using swear words and constantly contradicting people could be considered combative behavior. People who are combative are also often described as hostile, angry, or pugnacious.

Definitions of combative
  1. adjective
    having or showing a ready disposition to fight
    “a combative impulse”
    synonyms: battleful, bellicose
    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
  2. adjective
    inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    synonyms: contentious, disputatious, disputative, litigious
    given to or characterized by argument
  3. adjective
    striving to overcome in argument
    synonyms: agonistic, agonistical
    competitive, competitory
    involving competition or competitiveness
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