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Definitions of contentious

  1. having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious nature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Causing disputes or strife; quarrelsome. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Contentiously. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Contentiousness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Given to contention; quarrelsome. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Given to contention or strife; quarrelsome; involving contention. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Quarrelsome; given to angry debate; litigious. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Quarrelsome; involving contention. Hence contentiously adv., contentiousness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. Quarrelsome, given to debate, perverse. Complete Dictionary
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