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Argumentative

A statement or question that suggests that the facts support a particular inference or conclusion is argumentative. Argumentative questioning is often referred to as “badgering the witness.” The attorney is not looking for new information, but is instead simply trying to get the witness to argue with him. When this occurs during testimony, the opposing attorney will make an argumentative objection, by stating something like: "Objection your honor, argumentative." The Judge will then sustain the objection or reject it. If the objection is sustained, the opposing attorney must adjust his line of questioning.