Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to contentiously: Controversion


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.


References in periodicals archive ?
Set in 1991 in Reno, Nevada, "Three the Hard Way" centers around a trio of sisters who contentiously reunite after the death of their gambler father, Albert (a too low-key Larry Boller).
More contentiously, I believe it risks an imbalance in the delicate compromise that is the European polity.
Brady said a bit contentiously only 'We'll see' on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday's conference title game against Jacksonville.
One of the main points of this volume is that Kierkegaard's authorship opens pathways between these two resonate but often contentiously related terrains.
Sergio Aguero gave City the lead and, after Sadio Mane was contentiously red-carded, Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leroy Mane both scored twice.
Eliot completed "The Waste Land" and contentiously sought a proper home--and adequate payment--for what he knew was his masterpiece.
It was Scotland's first win against the Wallabies since 2012 and ends a run of three straight defeats by Australia, including the 2015 World Cup quarter-final loss that was decided by a last minute Bernard Foley penalty contentiously awarded by referee Craig Joubert.
Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway contentiously said in an interview Sunday the federal government had several means of spying on Trump aside from a traditional wiretap, suggesting that the Obama administration could have snooped on Trump's conversations via several electrical appliances like microwaves.
At least a dozen countries went to the polls across Africa in 2015 to elect (or, contentiously re-elect) their political leaders.
In light of the regulations issued by the Capital Market Authority, Tadawul contentiously reviews its data disclosure, for further transparency to provide more information for investors.
Substitute Matthew Taylor curled an 81st-minute freekick in off the bar to give the hosts a share of the spoils after Paul Caddis' penalty, contentiously won by Clayton Donaldson, had put Blues on course for a third 2-1 victory in eight days.
Wigan scraped home 26-24 at the dW stadium last month thanks to a last-gasp Matty smith penalty and Leeds rued a contentiously disallowed try from danny McGuire.