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Definitions and Synonyms of contentious | Another word for contentious | What is contentious?

Definition 1: inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where contentious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for contentious in the sense of this definition

(contentious is similar to ...) given to or characterized by argument

"an argumentative discourse" "argumentative to the point of being cantankerous" "an intelligent but argumentative child"

Definition 2: involving or likely to cause controversy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where contentious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a central and contentious element of the book

(contentious is similar to ...) marked by or capable of arousing controversy

"the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial" "Rushdie's controversial book" "a controversial decision on affirmative action"

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