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Meaning & Definition of Contentious in English

English

Contentious

/kəntɛnʃəs/

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • contentious
  • ,
  • combative
  • ,
  • disputatious
  • ,
  • disputative
  • ,
  • litigious

2. Involving or likely to cause controversy

  • "A central and contentious element of the book"- tim w.ferfuson
    synonym:
  • contentious