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Controversial; subject to argument.

Pleading in which a point relied upon is not set out, but merely implied, is often labeled argumentative. Pleading that contains arguments that should be saved for trial, in addition to allegations establishing a Cause of Action or defense, is also called argumentative.


adjective belligerent, characterized by argument, combative, contentious, dialectical, disputatious, dissentient, eristic, eristical, factious, given to controversy, litigious, logomachic, logomachical, petulant, pilpulistic, polemic, polemical, pugnacious, quarrelsome
Associated concepts: argumentative denial
See also: analytical, contentious, discursive, disputable, dissenting, forensic, hostile, insistent, litigable, litigious, negative, petulant, polemic, pugnacious, remonstrative
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Additionally, for the students who decide that they do, in fact, fall on one side of the issue they research for their mediation essay, I allow them to use the same topic for their argumentative paper.
The more substantial portions of Up From Conservatism are argumentative.
Such oversights, in combination with the questionable currency of the scholarly debate upon which the book is based, serve to discredit its argumentative foundation.
Still there are a number of argumentative styles that contravene common historical practices and logic.
As long as persuasion remains argumentative (and not coercive), it is the presumed community of shared belief which acts as judge and jury, and anything too distant from the actual beliefs of that community will fail to gain adherents.
Examinees will have 30 minutes to write an argumentative essay in response to a statement that expresses an opinion, or to write a problem-solving essay in response to a statement that expresses a problem.
A NURSE and the elderly mother she is accused of killing had an argumentative relationship but a deep love for each other, a court heard.
The dialogue dramatizes a distinctive type of consolatory argumentative practice.
of Michigan, Ann Arbor) presents findings from a large-scale study comparing the use of metadiscourse in written argumentative texts by advanced university-level learners of English whose first language is Swedish with comparable texts written by native speakers of British and American English.
The people of Merseyside are straight talkers and I believe they won't endear themselves to argumentative sorts prancing around in robes self idolising and calling themselves arch druids or archdeacons and then saying its for the enhancing and betterment of Welsh culture.
He was argumentative, making unclear statements, nervous and talking rapidly.
Regina Clemens Fox, the English faculty, teaches critical reading and writing skills as first year students construct argumentative essays.