Definitions for contentiouskənˈtɛn ʃəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentious, combative, disputatious, disputative, litigious(adj)

    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"

  2. contentious(adj)

    involving or likely to cause controversy

    "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson


  1. contentious(Adjective)

    Marked by heated arguments or controversy.

  2. contentious(Adjective)

    Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord.

  3. Origin: From contentiosus, from contentio, from contendere, past participle contentus; see contend. Confer French contentieux, corresponding to

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contentious(adj)

    fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome

  2. Contentious(adj)

    relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention

  3. Contentious(adj)

    contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy

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  • свадлив, споренBulgarian
  • controvertit, contenciósCatalan, Valencian
  • spornýCzech
  • streitsüchtig, umstrittenGerman
  • belicoso, camorrista, controvertido, provocador, pendenciero, contenciosoSpanish
  • riidanhaluinen, riitaisa, kiistanalainenFinnish
  • bagarreur, provocateur, batailleur, agressif, controversé, chamailleur, combatif, belliqueux, querelleurFrench
  • conspóideachIrish
  • veszekedő, pörlekedő, vitatott, vitásHungarian
  • bellicoso, provocatore, controverso, aggressivoItalian
  • kūraruraruMāori
  • provocateur, agressief, ruziemaker, strijdlustig, omstreden, vechtjas, aangevochtenDutch
  • spornyPolish
  • controverso, conflituosoPortuguese
  • дискуссионный, любящий спорить, спорный, вздорный, придирчивыйRussian
  • omstridd, omtvistad, bråkigSwedish
  • mücâdeleci, çekişmeli, kavgacı, tartışmalıTurkish

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