• 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

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