Definition of disputatious in US English:



  • Fond of or causing heated arguments.

    ‘a congenial hangout for disputatious academics’
    ‘disputatious council meetings’
    • ‘I imagine the Professor as a particularly disputatious pet-shop owner.’
    • ‘To place those two disputatious lawyers side by side, even in after-life, would have been a certain recipe for conflict.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘If they persist in carrying on like this, these disputatious divorced dads will lose the sympathy vote.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've all seen people who are bright, talented, and capable - but also blatantly insecure: disputatious, difficult, and ultimately ineffective.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chirac has been lofted to a pinnacle of popularity, with virtually no public dissent, even from France's normally disputatious intellectuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The political left has always been disputatious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is one of the many places where America's policy elite is working with its customary disputatious energy to shape national strategy.’
    • ‘We are a disputatious and ingenious species and have a pretty good track record of solving problems sensibly.’
    • ‘Note for the disputatious: I make no comment on the 90-day proposal itself.’
    argumentative, 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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