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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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Noun1.contentiousness - an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentiouscontentiousness - an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentious
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
litigiousness - a quarrelsome disposition to engage in or carry on lawsuits; "charges of litigiousness and widespread perjury"
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