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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]: 
 
  contentiousness 
  n  :  a  disposition  to  fight  [syn:  {aggressiveness},  {belligerence}, 
  {pugnacity},  {quarrelsomeness}] 




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