Definition of disputatious in English:



  • Fond of or causing heated arguments.

    ‘a congenial hangout for disputatious academics’
    ‘disputatious council meetings’
    • ‘A more accurate portrayal than Carley's would be that of an arrogant and disputatious Soviet side insisting on extreme demands and refusing to reach an agreement based on conditions that Western leaders could responsibly have met.’
    • ‘Similarly it is not possible to say whether the English are shown to be a nation vindicated by the god of battles or a band of disputatious mercenaries who simply get lucky.’
    • ‘This, of course, is a vast improvement on those forlorn days when a few disputatious souls insisted that only soldiers had died in the war.’
    • ‘The various choral groups that continually comment upon and sometimes mix in with the action are now more in line with the disputatious aesthetic factions of the original, and all the better for it.’
    • ‘We've all seen people who are bright, talented, and capable - but also blatantly insecure: disputatious, difficult, and ultimately ineffective.’
    • ‘If I were to venture one observation about the difference in the actors it's that while being blessedly less disputatious than in London they also seem conditioned not to use their intuition.’
    • ‘Note for the disputatious: I make no comment on the 90-day proposal itself.’
    • ‘The monarch was the referee of disputes, and one of the qualities that distinguished effective rulers from the rest was an ability to act tactfully when confronted by disputatious subjects.’
    • ‘It is one of the many places where America's policy elite is working with its customary disputatious energy to shape national strategy.’
    • ‘Chirac has been lofted to a pinnacle of popularity, with virtually no public dissent, even from France's normally disputatious intellectuals.’
    • ‘She wasn't going to have a man trying to rule her, or upsetting her delicate balancing act with the disputatious factions of her court and council; nor would she have a son grow up to become a focus of opposition.’
    • ‘We are a disputatious and ingenious species and have a pretty good track record of solving problems sensibly.’
    • ‘Biographer Brenda Maddox describes Rosalind as a disputatious kind of woman with some personality problems.’
    • ‘The standard Western account of that episode claims for Rome a balance of approach lacking in the more disputatious Greek theologians, who were still too besotted by the neo-Platonic speculations common in the East.’
    • ‘If they persist in carrying on like this, these disputatious divorced dads will lose the sympathy vote.’
    • ‘This disputatious dozen, unexpectedly propelled to Europe on the back of a tin-pot protest group grown suddenly large, claim they will rubbish Europe and everything it stands for.’
    • ‘But perhaps because revolutionaries are by nature contentious and intellectuals disputatious, it was not long before the 1903 congress was riven with disagreement, which developed into dissension and animosity.’
    • ‘The political left has always been disputatious.’
    • ‘To place those two disputatious lawyers side by side, even in after-life, would have been a certain recipe for conflict.’
    • ‘I imagine the Professor as a particularly disputatious pet-shop owner.’
    argumentative, disputatious, disputative, contentious, confrontational, captious, factious, cavilling, pugnacious, combative, ready for a fight, defiant, hostile, antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, militant, warring, fighting, battling
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