• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disputatious inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits "a style described as abrasive and contentious","a disputatious lawyer","a litigious and acrimonious spirit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Disputatious Inclined to dispute; apt to civil or controvert; characterized by dispute; as, a disputatious person or temper. "The Christian doctrine of a future life was no recommendation of the new religion to the wits and philosophers of that disputations period."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disputatious Pertaining to or characterized by disputation; controversial; polemical; contentious: as, a disputatious temper.
    • disputatious Inclined to dispute or wrangle; apt to debate, cavil, or controvert: as, a disputatious theologian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Disputatious inclined to dispute, cavil, or controvert
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disputer—L. disputāredis, apart, and putāre, to think.


In literature:

James Henry would have enjoyed Job's disputatious friends.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
The disputatious one gasped in fear and flung himself desperately forward.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
Franklin was fond of arguing; he was naturally disputatious.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Y' are too disputatious.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The whole city had a disputatious air.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
He was disputatious, and maintained that it was one's duty to doubt everything.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Judgments become too refined and men tend to become merely disputatious and subtle.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
An entirely different type of woman from the radical and disputatious Mme.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm
Liberty there was, but it was a disputatious, an uncertain, an ill-secured liberty.
"The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1" by Daniel Webster

In news:

When you survey fifth- and sixth-graders about difficult spelling words, you expect to get "disputatious," maybe, or "fluorescent.".