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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contentious  \Con*ten"tious\,  a.  [L.  contentiosus:  cf  F. 
  contentieux.] 
  1.  Fond  of  contention;  given  to  angry  debate;  provoking 
  dispute  or  contention;  quarrelsome. 
 
  Despotic  and  contentious  temper.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Relating  to  contention  or  strife;  involving  or 
  characterized  by  contention.  --Spenser. 
 
  More  cheerful,  though  not  less  contentious,  regions. 
  --Brougham. 
 
  3.  (Law)  Contested;  litigated;  litigious;  having  power  to 
  decide  controversy. 
 
  {Contentious  jurisdiction}  (Eng.  Eccl.  Law),  jurisdiction 
  over  matters  in  controversy  between  parties,  in 
  contradistinction  to  {voluntary  jurisdiction},  or  that 
  exercised  upon  matters  not  opposed  or  controverted. 
 
  Syn:  Quarrelsome;  pugnacious;  dissentious;  wrangling; 
  litigious;  perverse;  peevish.  --  {Con*ten"tious*ly}, 
  adv  --  {Con*ten"tious*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contentious 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {disputatious}, 
  {disputative},  {litigious}] 
  2:  involving  or  likely  to  cause  controversy;  "a  central  and 
  contentious  element  of  the  book"-  Tim  W.Ferfuson 
  3:  having  or  showing  a  ready  disposition  to  fight;  "bellicose 
  young  officers";  "a  combative  impulse";  "a  contentious 
  nature"  [syn:  {battleful},  {bellicose},  {combative}] 




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