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Definitions of contentious

  1. Contentiously. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Causing disputes or strife; quarrelsome. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Given to contention; quarrelsome. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Given to contention or strife; quarrelsome; involving contention. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Quarrelsome; given to angry debate; litigious. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for contentious

  1. Johnson was arrogant, vain, narrow, and contentious – Ulysses S. Grant by Walter Allen
  2. Yielding to his contentious Secretary of State, President Monroe redrafted his message to Congress. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
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