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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contentious mean? 

CONTENTIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective CONTENTIOUS has 2 senses:

1. inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
2. involving or likely to cause controversy

  Familiarity information: CONTENTIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONTENTIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1contentious [BACK TO TOP]


Inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits


combative; contentious; disputatious; disputative; litigious

Context examples:

a style described as abrasive and contentious / a disputatious lawyer / a litigious and acrimonious spirit


argumentative (given to or characterized by argument)

Sense 2contentious [BACK TO TOP]


Involving or likely to cause controversy

Context example:

a central and contentious element of the book


controversial (marked by or capable of arousing controversy)

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