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contentious

[ kuhn-ten-shuhs ]
/ kənˈtɛn ʃəs /
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adjective
tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome: a contentious crew.
causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues.
Law. pertaining to causes between contending or opposing parties.
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Origin of contentious

1400–50; late Middle English contenciose<Latin contentiƍsus, equivalent to contenti(ƍ) contention + -ƍsus-ous

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British Dictionary definitions for contentious

contentious
/ (kənˈtɛnʃəs) /

adjective
tending to argue or quarrel
causing or characterized by dispute; controversial
law relating to a cause or legal business that is contested, esp a probate matter

Derived forms of contentious

contentiously, adverbcontentiousness, noun
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