Definition of Contentious

1. Adjective. Inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits. "A litigious and acrimonious spirit"




2. Adjective. Involving or likely to cause controversy. "A central and contentious element of the book"
Similar to: Controversial
Derivative terms: Contention

Definition of Contentious

1. a. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.

Definition of Contentious

1. Adjective. Marked by heated arguments or controversy. ¹

2. Adjective. Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contentious

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contentious

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contentious (current term)
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Literary usage of Contentious

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1. Ninety-six Sermons by Lancelot Andrewes (1841)
"[But if ang man seem to be contentious, ice have no such custom, ... That any be " contentious," it may not be said. They will deeply protest that from ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Edward Aloysius Pace (1922)
"... alone may deal judicially with all suits non-exempt or lay religious, or between a religious criminal, otherwise they are termed contentious, delegate; ..."

3. A Complete Practice of the County Courts: Including that in Admiralty and by George Pitt-Lewis, Henry Anselm De Colyar (1880)
"The contentious jurisdiction of the County Courts in probate matters is either (1) Original, or (2) Derivative. First, as regards the original contentions ..."

4. A Manual of the Practice of the Court of Probate by Alexander Staveley Hill (1859)
"Upon a party appearing in answer to the warning of a caveat, the matter shall be entered as a cause in the court book, and the contentious business shall ..."

5. The Jurist by Great Britain Courts (1859)
"Now, if the act had said in "contentious matters only," there could have been of ... It has not said that barristers shall not practise in non-contentious ..."

6. Commentaries Upon International Law by Robert Phillimore (1889)
"contentious JURISDICTION—FOREIGNER PLAINTIFF, DEFENDANT—ACTION BETWEEN TWO ... contentious. 1. The chief organ of the Voluntary jurisdiction is the Notary ..."

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