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contentious

[kuh n-ten-shuh s] /kənˈtɛn ʃəs/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English contenciose < Latin contentiōsus, equivalent to contenti(ō) contention + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
contentiously, adverb
contentiousness, noun
noncontentious, adjective
noncontentiously, adverb
overcontentious, adjective
overcontentiously, adverb
overcontentiousness, noun
uncontentious, adjective
uncontentiously, adverb
uncontentiousness, noun
Synonyms
1. disputatious, argumentative.
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British Dictionary definitions for contentiously

contentious

/kənˈtɛnʃəs/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
contentiously, adverb
contentiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for contentiously

contentious

adj.

c.1500, from Middle French contentieux, from Latin contentiosus "obstinate, quarrelsome," from contentionem (see contend). Related: Contentiously; contentiousness.

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