[ kuhn-ten-shuhs ]
/ kənˈtɛn ʃəs /


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.

Origin of contentious

1400–50; late Middle English contenciose < Latin contentiōsus, equivalent to contenti(ō) contention + -ōsus -ous
SYNONYMS FOR contentious
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Examples from the Web for contentiously

  • "Na, th' ben't one alive," said an old miner, contentiously.

    Gordon Keith|Thomas Nelson Page
  • "I can't go and say to him, 'Don't you fall in love with me,'" said Dawn contentiously.

British Dictionary definitions for contentiously


/ (kənˈtɛnʃəs) /


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 Formscontentiously, adverbcontentiousness, noun
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