Contentious definition

kən-tĕnshəs
Given to contention; quarrelsome.
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Always ready to argue; quarrelsome.
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Involving or causing contention; controversial.
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Provoking or likely to provoke controversy.

A contentious proposal.

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The definition of contentious is someone who is argumentative or a situation where there is discord.

An example of contentious is a person who always likes to argue.

An example of contentious is a tense situation that is likely to lead to arguments.

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Marked by heated arguments or controversy.
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Given to struggling with others out of jealousy or discord.
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Of or marked by contention.
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Origin of contentious

  • From Middle French contentieux, from Latin contentiōsus (“quarrelsome, perverse”), from contentiō (“contention”), from contendere, past participle contentus (“to contend”); see contend.

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