American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Given to contention; quarrelsome. See Synonyms at argumentative, belligerent.
- adj. Involving or likely to cause contention; controversial: "a central and contentious element of the book” ( Tim W. Ferguson).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Apt to contend; given to angry debate; quarrelsome; perverse; litigious.
- Relating to or characterized by contention or strife; involving contention or debate.
- In law, relating to causes between contending parties.
- adj. Marked by heated arguments or controversy.
- adj. Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.
- adj. Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention.
- adj. (Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy.
- adj. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
- adj. involving or likely to cause controversy
- From Latin contentiōsus ("quarrelsome, perverse"), from contentiō ("contention"), from contendere, past participle contentus ("to contend"); see contend. Confer French contentieux, corresponding to content + -ious (Wiktionary)
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