What does contentious mean?

Definitions for contentiouskənˈtɛn ʃəs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contentious.

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contentious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contentious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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Translations for contentious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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