I adjective aggressive, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, cantankerous, captious, caviling, combative, competitive, contrary, contumacious, cross, discordant, disputatious, dissentious, factious, inimical, irascible, litigious, militant, noncooperating, nonpacific, obstinate, perverse, polemical, pugnacious, pugnax, quarrelsome, recalcitrant, schismatic, stubborn, uncooperative, unfriendly, unpacific, unpeaceful, wrangling II index argumentative, competitive (antagonistic), debatable, dissenting, forensic, fractious, hostile, litigious, moot, negative, offensive (taking the initiative), petulant, polemic, pugnacious, querulous, remonstrative

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  • Contentious — Con*ten tious, a. [L. contentiosus: cf. F. contentieux.] 1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome. [1913 Webster] Despotic and contentious temper. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contentious — [kən ten′shəs] adj. [ME contencios < L contentiosus: see CONTENTION] 1. always ready to argue; quarrelsome 2. of or marked by contention 3. provoking or likely to provoke controversy [a contentious proposal] SYN. BELLIGERENT contentiously adv …   English World dictionary

  • contentious — c.1500, from M.Fr. contentieux, from L. contentiosus obstinate, quarrelsome, from contentionem (see CONTEND (Cf. contend)). Related: Contentiously; contentiousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • contentious — quarrelsome, bellicose, *belligerent, pugnacious, combative Analogous words: *contrary, perverse, froward: captious, faultfinding, caviling, carping (see CRITICAL): *aggressive, militant Antonyms: peaceable Contrasted words: *pacific …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contentious — [adj] quarrelsome antagonistic, argumentative, belligerent, combative, disagreeable, factious, perverse, petulant, querulous, testy; concepts 401,542 …   New thesaurus

  • contentious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing or likely to cause disagreement or controversy. 2) given to provoking argument. 3) Law relating to or involving differences between contending parties. DERIVATIVES contentiously adverb contentiousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • contentious — [[t]kənte̱nʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A contentious issue causes a lot of disagreement or arguments. [FORMAL] Sanctions are expected to be among the most contentious issues. ...a country where land prices are politically contentious. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • contentious — con|ten|tious [kənˈtenʃəs] adj 1.) causing a lot of argument and disagreement between people contentious issue/area/subject etc ▪ Animal welfare did not become a contentious issue until the late 1970s. 2.) someone who is contentious often argues… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • contentious — adjective 1) a contentious issue Syn: controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed, open to debate, vexed 2) a contentious debate Syn: heated, vehement, fierce, violent, intense, i …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • contentious — adjective Date: 15th century 1. likely to cause contention < a contentious argument > 2. exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes < a man of a most contentious nature > Synonyms: see belligerent • contentiously …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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