• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contentious involving or likely to cause controversy "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson"
    • adj contentious 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contentious (Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy.
    • Contentious Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome. "Despotic and contentious temper."
    • Contentious Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention. "More cheerful, though not less contentious , regions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • contentious Apt to contend; given to angry debate; quarrelsome; perverse; litigious.
    • contentious Relating to or characterized by contention or strife; involving contention or debate.
    • contentious In law, relating to causes between contending parties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Contentious quarrelsome
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  • Bible
    “It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman. [Proverbs 21:19]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contentiosus,: cf. F. contentieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contendĕre, -tentumcon, with, tendĕre, to stretch.


In literature:

What was all this small, sociable, contentious life but the great Daumier's subject-matter?
"Picture and Text" by Henry James
In her appearance on our wordy and contentious stage I see the commencement of a new era of things.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
Then, he was trying not to be too contentious, but was irritated into retorting.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The fact was, he had all his life been engaged in the less eventful and contentious branches of commerce.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
He was not combative, much less contentious.
"Spare Hours" by John Brown
Now the large form of Captain Adams came striding in contentious, through the gathering dusk.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Agreements, declarations and non-contentious cases are usually witnessed by one judge and twelve elders.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Johnson was arrogant, vain, narrow, and contentious.
"Ulysses S. Grant" by Walter Allen
The government continued to treat federation as a non-contentious subject.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
Hostilities and the British presence in the Northwest Territory remained a contentious issue until after the War of 1812.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
He looks ten years older than his rather contentious self of yesterday.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
As matters were at that time circumstanced it would have been too contentious to agree upon anything.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Nineteen different parties condemned to one scene of contentious litigation!
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
That such a contentious atmosphere existed we have ample witness.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
There are other men who are contentious, and refusing the leading of the truth, make themselves servants to unrighteousness.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
In those passionate and contentious times it was hard consistently and constantly to be orthodox.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The following is a list of the names and dates (these latter being sometimes doubtful and contentious) of his plays.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
This was indeed one of the most contentious chapters of which 'clericalism' contested every inch.
"The New Germany" by George Young
Hawksworth, brings you and your contentious warships to our port?
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
That a bill is non-contentious clearly does not mean that it is unopposed, or even that the opposition has no connection with party.
"The Government of England (Vol. I)" by A. Lawrence Lowell

In poetry:

For he is in the lists
Contentious with the elements, whose dower
First sprang him; for swift vultures to devour
If he desists.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith

In news:

For those of us not invested in the New York City Marathon, the contentious, prolonged decision to cancel the event stopped being a story the moment the thing got canceled.
Cicero, no stranger to political high jinks, is fielding a full slate of candidates for February's town president election, and the jockeying has already grown contentious.
The reported remarks play into a highly contentious debate over Iran's intentions and capabilities , in which estimates have varied widely.
Tempers flared Tuesday morning here at the state Capitol as police — some on horses — moved into to break up a mob scene as the Republican-controlled House approved a contentious right-to-work bill.
CAIRO (AP) — Former US President Jimmy Carter 's center said Thursday it will not deploy monitors for Egypt's contentious constitutional referendum because of the government's late release of regulations for witnesses.
The more contentious issue could be the companion legislation that spells out where up to seven casinos could be located.
In the latest twist in a contentious debate over a proposed Novato charter school , two San Francisco civil rights groups have entered the fray, arguing the school could isolate minorities and poor students.
In the latest twist in a contentious debate over a proposed Novato charter school, two San Francisco civil rights groups have entered the fray, arguing the school could isolate minorities and poor students.
The election for three seats on the Board of Directors of the Lompico Country Water District has become a contentious race.
Tradition and change often live as contentious neighbors.
The Church of England 's governing body Tuesday narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops, leaving the church facing more years of contentious debate.
Souneil Park, Jungil Kim, Kyung Soon Lee, Junehwa Song, "Disputant Relation-based Classification for Contrasting Opposing Views of Contentious News Issues," IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, vol 99, no.
Clement 's ability to strip the politics out of a contentious argument.
The contentious fight over labor rights has been unfolding throughout the Midwest in the last couple of years.
Jeb Bush, with cash and clout , pushes contentious school reforms.

In science:

Perhaps more contentiously, he argues that these problems necessitate a monitoring approach, which keeps constant track of the degree to which a given text span satisfies each of a number of constraints (e.g., low formality, low partiality).
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
That sentence is contentious: and (unlike the assumption of persisting spatial points) it is contested in the metaphysical literature—as I reported in Section 1.4.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Section 1.3); and (more contentiously!), the difficulty of defending (or even making sense of !) the idea of temporal becoming.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The second law of thermodynamics has a long and contentious history in physics. A recent string of challenges to the absolute status of the law has brought greater urgency to the problem of clarifying the basis for our strong belief in the law and our understanding of what it means to violate it .
The Deep Physics Behind the Second Law: Information and Energy As Independent Forms of Bookkeeping
More contentious is the question of whether the soft X-ray emission from the SNR is also vital to the process.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
We then discuss some of the contentious issues and quantitative uncertainties in current models.
AGB Stars: Summary and Warning
The details are just as contentious as with pulsars.
The Phenomena of High Energy Astrophysics
However, the postulated evolutionary connection between the recently formed YMCs in intensely star-forming areas, and old GCs similar to those in the Galaxy is still a contentious issue.
Star and cluster formation in extreme environments
We have now presented all of the reasons we know why the definition of “planet” has become a contentious and difficult-to-solve dilemma.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
Here we will simply review the main contentious points and mention a number of relevant references as an introduction to the topic.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
While there is good observational support for forming at least some giant planets by disk instability, the mechanism has become theoretically contentious, with different three dimensional radiative hydrodynamics codes often yielding different results.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability
It is closely related to the question of what constitutes an observable in general relativity—a surprisingly contentious issue that has generated much debate over the years and which is of particular relevance to the problem of time in quantum gravity.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time
Without this condition it is not possible to prove the positivity of the Klein-Gordon scalar product restricted to positive-energy solutions. 33This step is contentious.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time
It remains contentious whether there is evidence for chemical non-equilibrium at midrapidity.
Quark Matter '99 --- Theoretical Summary: What Next?
The contentious definition of consciousness becomes central to the argument.
Collapsing the Wavefunction of a Baseball