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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.

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

  2. contentiousadjective

    Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord.

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

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. Chuang-tzu:

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

  2. Paul Renne:

    The debate has been contentious, now it's time to stop dismissing one cause or the other. They clearly happened at the same time and both contributed.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    I don't want to see us start over again with a contentious debate, i want us to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act and improve Affordable Care Act.

  4. Gerry Connolly:

    She has shown enormous discipline and internal cohesion, even with a slimmed-down majority, in what is always a raucous group of people and contentious group of people to begin with, so I guess there may very well be a time where we are going to have to deal with the subject. But that's not right now.

  5. Alex Chow:

    How long can we maintain Hong Kong's judicial independence? we've already seen judges make decisions that have been highly contentious. Beijing might be able to put pressure on Hong Kong to charge us (the protest leaders) with more serious offences to shut us up.

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  • إثارة للخلافArabic
  • свадлив, споренBulgarian
  • controvertit, contenciósCatalan, Valencian
  • sporný, diskutabilníCzech
  • omstridtDanish
  • streitsüchtig, umstrittenGerman
  • φιλόνικοςGreek
  • belicoso, camorrista, controvertido, provocador, pendenciero, contenciosoSpanish
  • riidanhaluinen, riitaisa, kiistanalainen, riidanalainenFinnish
  • bagarreur, provocateur, batailleur, agressif, controversé, chamailleur, combatif, belliqueux, querelleur, contentieuxFrench
  • conspóideachIrish
  • विवादास्पदHindi
  • veszekedő, pörlekedő, vitatott, vitásHungarian
  • kontensiusIndonesian
  • bellicoso, provocatore, controverso, aggressivo, contenziosoItalian
  • שנוי במחלוקתHebrew
  • 争うJapanese
  • ವಿವಾದಾತ್ಮಕKannada
  • 논쟁의Korean
  • ex contentione,Latin
  • kūraruraruMāori
  • provocateur, agressief, ruziemaker, strijdlustig, omstreden, vechtjas, aangevochtenDutch
  • omstridteNorwegian
  • spornyPolish
  • controverso, conflituoso, contenciosaPortuguese
  • litigiosRomanian
  • дискуссионный, любящий спорить, спорный, вздорный, придирчивый, сварливыйRussian
  • omstridd, omtvistad, bråkigSwedish
  • சர்ச்சைக்குரியTamil
  • వివాదస్పదTelugu
  • ที่ถกเถียงกันThai
  • mücâdeleci, çekişmeli, kavgacı, tartışmalıTurkish
  • суперечливийUkrainian
  • cãi nhauVietnamese
  • פרוםYiddish
  • 争议Chinese

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