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ar·gu·men·ta·tive / ˌärgyəˈmentətiv/ • adj. 1. given to expressing divergent or opposite views: an argumentative child. 2. using or characterized by systematic reasoning: the highest standards of argumentative rigor. DERIVATIVES: ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ly adv. ar·gu·men·ta·tive·ness n.

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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.