contentious

[kuhn-ten-shuhs]
adjective
1.
tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome: a contentious crew.
2.
causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversy: contentious issues.
3.
Law. pertaining to causes between contending parties.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English contenciose < Latin contentiōsus, equivalent to contenti(ō) contention + -ōsus -ous

contentiously, adverb
contentiousness, noun
noncontentious, adjective
noncontentiously, adverb
overcontentious, adjective
overcontentiously, adverb
overcontentiousness, noun
uncontentious, adjective
uncontentiously, adverb
uncontentiousness, noun


1. disputatious, argumentative.
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contentious (kənˈtɛnʃəs)
 
adj
1.  tending to argue or quarrel
2.  causing or characterized by dispute; controversial
3.  law relating to a cause or legal business that is contested, esp a probate matter
 
con'tentiously
 
adv
 
con'tentiousness
 
n

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contentious
early 15c., from Fr. contentieux, from L. contentiosus "quarrelsome," from contendere (see contend). Related: Contentiousness (1570s).
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Example sentences
What has become increasingly contentious is the question of how many species
  can be counted among what has already been collected.
The claim that organic meat and produce is more nutritious than nonorganic food
  is contentious.
Instead he faced a contentious and emotionally charged environment caused by
  their findings.
Comb jellies sit alongside two other major groups near the base of the tree,
  but their relative positions remain contentious.
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