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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.
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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
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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contentious

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contentious

adjective
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Translations
مُخاصِم، مُنازِع، مُجادِل
hádavý
stridslysten
òrætugjarn
kavgacı

contentious

[kənˈtenʃəs] ADJ
1. (= controversial) [issue, view, proposal] → conflictivo, muy discutido
2. (= argumentative) [person] → que le gusta discutir
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contentious

[kənˈtɛnʃəs] adj
(= controversial) [issue] → sujet(te) à controverse, litigieux/euse; [view] → discutable
(= heated) [debate] → passionné(e)
[person] → querelleur/euse
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

contentious

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

[kənˈtɛnʃəs] adjpolemico/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

contend

(kənˈtend) verb
1. (usually with with) to struggle against.
2. (with that) to say or maintain (that).
conˈtender noun
a person who has entered a competition (for a title etc).
conˈtention noun
1. an opinion put forward.
2. argument; disagreement.
conˈtentious (-ʃəs) adjective
quarrelsome.
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References in classic literature ?
Ground the possession of which imports great advantage to either side, is contentious ground.
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.
"Well!" said Stryver, slapping the desk with his contentious hand, opening his eyes wider, and taking a long breath, "if I understand you, Mr.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"We provide a bipartisan solution to the often contentious discipline issue by providing protections for children with disabilities while simplifying the rules that school districts use in discipline cases," Gregg said.
The points of view expressed here are done so in a slightly contentious way.