[ 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.
- content word,
- content-addressable storage,
Origin of 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
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/ (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
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
c.1500, from Middle French contentieux, from Latin contentiosus "obstinate, quarrelsome," from contentionem (see contend). Related: Contentiously; contentiousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper