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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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