What does contentious mean?

Definitions for contentious
kənˈtɛn ʃəscon·tentious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentious, combative, disputatious, disputative, litigiousadjective

    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. contentiousadjective

    involving or likely to cause controversy

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

Wiktionary

  1. contentiousadjective

    Marked by heated arguments or controversy.

  2. contentiousadjective

    Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contentiousadjective

    Quarrelsom; given to debate; perverse; not peaceable.

    Etymology: from contend.

    Thou think’st much that this contentious storm
    Invades us to the skin. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    There are certain contentious humours that are never to be pleased. Roger L'Estrange.

    Rest made them idle, idleness made them curious, and curiosity contentious. Decay of Piety.

ChatGPT

  1. contentious

    Contentious refers to something that is likely to cause or involving disagreement, controversy or heated arguments. It can refer to subjects, people, or behavior that have a tendency to stir up conflicts and disputes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contentiousadjective

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

  2. Contentiousadjective

    relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention

  3. Contentiousadjective

    contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy

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Numerology

  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

Examples of contentious in a Sentence

  1. Tom Perez:

    Well the most important thing we're going to do is to build a fair, level playing field for everybody, i welcome the debate. I think there is going to be a bumper crop of candidates and that the American people are going to see a very robust Democratic Party. What will unite all of them is that they are all fighting for a better deal and a brighter future and better tomorrows for everyone, not just a few at the top. And what we're doing at the DNC is making sure we build the infrastructure, the organizing infrastructure, the technology infrastructure so that whoever ... becomes the nominee that they can walk into a DNC that enables them to sprint across the finish line.Listen hereWhile Perez said he hopes ideas and ideals are what helps to unite his party, it may just be mutual disgust for Trump that will act as the super glue for Democrats.Below are some of excerpts of my interview with DNC Chairman Tom Perez. This QA has been edited for brevity, clarity and flow.Mark Preston: As you look at the current state of play right now, what is the Democratic plan to address Donald Trump in this off year?Tom Perez: Step one is that we have to take on Donald Trump in all of these areas that he's trying to take America back, and make America weak, not make America great. Equally important though, we can't simply be against Donald Trump. We've got to articulate what we are for, and we have always been fighting for a fair shake for everyone. Listen hereFollow CNN OpinionJoin us on Twitter and FacebookPreston: (W)hen you were running for chairman, ... it was a bit of a contentious fight. There was a lot of criticism from the grassroots about the battle between establishment Democrats and grassroots Democrats. ... What is being done behind the scenes to try to bridge the divide between those two (factions)?Perez: Every single day we are leading with our values. ... If we want to address income inequality in this country, one of the most important things we can do is support efforts for people to unionize and form a union. When unions succeed, the middle class succeeds. When unions succeed, income inequality goes down, and what we have to do as a party is be out there on the issues that matter the most to people: health care, good jobs, the efforts to cut support for public education, we have to articulate what we stand for.

  2. Chuang-tzu, On Leveling All Things:

    Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.

  3. The President:

    >( CNN) Interior Sec. Deb Haaland squared off with lawmakers on Thursday at a contentious Senate hearing that addressed high gas prices, oil and gas drilling and delays in the department's plan to hold more drilling lease sales. Deb Haaland told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that Deb Haaland agency plans to release a proposal for its next five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing by the end of June -- a timeline that would likely lead to a gap between the current plan and a new one.Sen. Joe Manchin and Republicans on the committee expressed concern that the Department of Interior appeared to be delaying holding more oil and gas lease sales just as gasoline prices are surging in the US. Gas prices are high. Oil CEOs reveal why theyre not drilling more.

  4. Dieter Kempf:

    I regret the fact that the chancellor's visit to Washington produced no palpable progress on the contentious issues between Germany and the United States.

  5. Attorney Andrew Lampros:

    There's not a dollar figure you can put on a loved one, she was willing to accept the case on these terms. Does that reflect the magnitude of her loss? No. But there's something to be said for resolution and avoiding lengthy, contentious litigation.

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Translations for contentious

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  • إثارة للخلافArabic
  • свадлив, споренBulgarian
  • contenciós, controvertitCatalan, Valencian
  • sporný, diskutabilníCzech
  • omstridtDanish
  • streitsüchtig, umstrittenGerman
  • φιλόνικοςGreek
  • contencioso, controvertido, provocador, belicoso, pendenciero, camorristaSpanish
  • riidanalainen, riidanhaluinen, kiistanalainen, riitaisaFinnish
  • controversé, chamailleur, combatif, belliqueux, contentieux, querelleur, agressif, bagarreur, batailleur, provocateurFrench
  • conspóideachIrish
  • विवादास्पदHindi
  • veszekedő, vitatott, pörlekedő, vitásHungarian
  • kontensiusIndonesian
  • controverso, bellicoso, provocatore, aggressivo, contenziosoItalian
  • שנוי במחלוקתHebrew
  • 争うJapanese
  • ವಿವಾದಾತ್ಮಕKannada
  • 논쟁의Korean
  • ex contentione,Latin
  • kūraruraruMāori
  • strijdlustig, provocateur, agressief, aangevochten, vechtjas, ruziemaker, omstredenDutch
  • omstridteNorwegian
  • spornyPolish
  • conflituoso, contenciosa, controversoPortuguese
  • litigiosRomanian
  • сварливый, дискуссионный, любящий спорить, спорный, придирчивый, вздорныйRussian
  • omstridd, bråkig, omtvistadSwedish
  • சர்ச்சைக்குரியTamil
  • వివాదస్పదTelugu
  • ที่ถกเถียงกันThai
  • mücâdeleci, tartışmalı, kavgacı, çekişmeliTurkish
  • суперечливийUkrainian
  • cãi nhauVietnamese
  • פרוםYiddish
  • 争议Chinese

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