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Pronunciation:  kun'tenshus

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  1. [adj]  having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious nature"
  2. [adj]  involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson
  3. [adj]  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"

CONTENTIOUS is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: aggressive, argumentative, battleful, bellicose, combative, controversial, disputatious, disputative, litigious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*ten"tious\, a. [L. contentiosus: cf. F.
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.

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},
     adv. -- {Con*ten"tious*ness}, n.

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