2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contentious \Con*ten"tious\, adjective [L. contentiosus: cf. F. contentieux.]

1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.

Despotic and contentious temper. --Macaulay.

2. Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention. --Spenser.

More cheerful, though not less contentious, regions. --Brougham.

3. (Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy.

{Contentious jurisdiction} (Eng. Eccl. Law), jurisdiction over matters in controversy between parties, in contradistinction to {voluntary jurisdiction}, or that exercised upon matters not opposed or controverted.

Syn: Quarrelsome; pugnacious; dissentious; wrangling; litigious; perverse; peevish. -- {Con*ten"tious*ly}, adverb -- {Con*ten"tious*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits; "a style described as abrasive and contentious"; "a disputatious lawyer"; "a litigious and acrimonious spirit" [syn: {contentious}, {combative}, {disputatious}, {disputative}, {litigious}]

2: involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson

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