contentious

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

con·ten·tious

adjective \kən-ˈten(t)-shəs\

: likely to cause people to argue or disagree

: involving a lot of arguing

: likely or willing to argue

Full Definition of CONTENTIOUS

1
:  likely to cause disagreement or argument <a contentious issue>
2
:  exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes <a man of a most contentious nature>
con·ten·tious·ly adverb
con·ten·tious·ness noun

Examples of CONTENTIOUS

  1. After a contentious debate, members of the committee finally voted to approve the funding.
  2. The dispute involves one of the region's most contentious leaders.
  3. In the perpetual skirmish between science and religion, biological evolution is a contentious battle ground. —Barry A. Palevitz, Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 1999

Origin of CONTENTIOUS

(see contention)
First Known Use: 15th century

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