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con·ten·tious

 (kən-tĕn′shəs)
adj.
1. Given to contention; quarrelsome. See Synonyms at argumentative.
2. Involving or causing contention; controversial: "a central and contentious element of the book" (Tim W. Ferguson).

con·ten′tious·ly adv.
con·ten′tious·ness n.

contentious

(kənˈtɛnʃəs)
adj
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)

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.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
con•ten′tious•ly, adv.
con•ten′tious•ness, n.
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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

contentious

adjective
Translations

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

contentious

adj subject, issuestrittig, umstritten; viewumstritten, kontrovers; decision, proposal, legislationumstritten; personstreitlustig, streitsüchtig

contentious

[kənˈtɛnʃəs] adjpolemico/a
References in classic literature ?
said Stryver, slapping the desk with his contentious hand, opening his eyes wider, and taking a long breath, "if I understand you, Mr.
Ground the possession of which imports great advantage to either side, is contentious ground.
Women who are never bitter and resentful are often the most querulous; and if Solomon was as wise as he is reputed to be, I feel sure that when he compared a contentious woman to a continual dropping on a very rainy day, he had not a vixen in his eye--a fury with long nails, acrid and selfish.
Add thereto contentious suits, which ought to be spewed out, as the surfeit of courts.
No, no; you'll see the letter--nothing contentious, I assure you.
The pair were speeding away into the distant gray by the time that the contentious revellers became aware of what had happened.
His countenance had, perhaps for years, become so set in its contentious expression that it did not soften, even now when he was quiet.
They had to carry it on in shouts because of the moaning and roaring of the gyroscopic motor-cars that traversed the High Street, and in its nature it was contentious and private.
AN Old Man, afflicted with a family of contentious Sons, brought in a bundle of sticks and asked the young men to break it.
Once more Adeimantus returns with the allusion to his brother Glaucon whom he compares to the contentious State; in the next book he is again superseded, and Glaucon continues to the end.
Keith said: "I aim to provide a slightly different dimension to Muckle's offering through my experience and understanding of contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering issues.
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