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con·ten·tious  (kn-tnshs)
1. Given to contention; quarrelsome. See Synonyms at argumentative, belligerent.
2. Involving or likely to cause contention; controversial: "a central and contentious element of the book" (Tim W. Ferguson).

con·tentious·ly adv.
con·tentious·ness n.

contentious (kənˈtɛnʃəs)
1. tending to argue or quarrel
2. causing or characterized by dispute; controversial
3. (Law) law relating to a cause or legal business that is contested, esp a probate matter
conˈtentiously adv conˈtentiousness n
con•ten•tious (kənˈtɛn ʃəs)

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.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
con•ten′tious•ly, adv.
con•ten′tious•ness, n.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.contentious - 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"
argumentative - given to or characterized by argument; "an argumentative discourse"; "argumentative to the point of being cantankerous"; "an intelligent but argumentative child"
2.contentious - involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson
controversial - marked by or capable of arousing controversy; "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial"; "Rushdie's controversial book"; "a controversial decision on affirmative action"

contentious [kənˈtenʃəs] ADJ
1. (= controversial) [issue, view, proposal] → conflictivo, muy discutido
2. (= argumentative) [person] → que le gusta discutir
contentious [kənˈtɛnʃəs] adj
(= controversial) [issue] → sujet(te) à controverse, litigieux/euse; [view] → discutable
(= heated) [debate] → passionné(e)
[person] → querelleur/euse
adj subject, issuestrittig, umstritten; viewumstritten, kontrovers; decision, proposal, legislationumstritten; personstreitlustig, streitsüchtig
contentious [kənˈtɛnʃəs] adjpolemico/a

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AN Old Man, afflicted with a family of contentious Sons, brought in a bundle of sticks and asked the young men to break it.
Add thereto contentious suits, which ought to be spewed out, as the surfeit of courts.
" said Stryver, slapping the desk with his contentious hand, opening his eyes wider, and taking a long breath, "if I understand you, Mr.
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