[ kuhn-ten-shuhs ]
/ kənˈtɛn ʃəs /
Save This Word!
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR contentious
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
Origin of contentious
1400–50; late Middle English contenciose<Latin contentiōsus, equivalent to contenti(ō) contention + -ōsus-ous
OTHER WORDS FROM contentious
con·ten·tious·ly, adverbcon·ten·tious·ness, nounnon·con·ten·tious, adjectivenon·con·ten·tious·ly, adverb
o·ver·con·ten·tious, adjectiveo·ver·con·ten·tious·ly, adverbo·ver·con·ten·tious·ness, nounun·con·ten·tious, adjectiveun·con·ten·tious·ly, adverbun·con·ten·tious·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use contentious in a sentence
With the U-S election just days away, we’re going to dive straight into one of the most contentious topics in the world of tech and beyond – misinformation.EmTech Stage: Facebook’s CTO on misinformation|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Hundreds of thousands of Americans were glued to their televisions last week as results from a particularly contentious election began rolling in.Meditation app Calm boosted after sponsoring CNN’s election night coverage|Danielle Abril|November 13, 2020|Fortune
One of the most contentious ballot measures in North County was Measure L in Oceanside.North County Report: Where Voters Landed (Hint: All Over the Place!)|Kayla Jimenez|November 12, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Confederate states were largely single party, though, and the Union’s path to mail-in voting was significantly more contentious.When the Confederacy Helped Launch Vote-By-Mail|Fiona Zublin|November 2, 2020|Ozy
The redistricting process next year, which will begin after the results of the 2020 census comes in, will likely be similarly contentious.More people have already voted in Texas than did in 2016|Nicole Narea|October 30, 2020|Vox
British Dictionary definitions for contentious
/ (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 forms of contentiouscontentiously, adverbcontentiousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012