Definitions for contentiouskənˈtɛn ʃəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•ten•tiouskənˈtɛn ʃəs(adj.)

  1. tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome:

    a contentious crew.

  2. causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy:

    contentious issues.

  3. pertaining to causes between contending parties involved in litigation.

    Category: Law

Origin of contentious:

1400–50; late ME < L


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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