Definitions of contentious:
  • adjective:   involving or likely to cause controversy
    Example: "A central and contentious element of the book- Tim W.Ferfuson"
  • adjective:   inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    Example: "A style described as abrasive and contentious"
  • adjective:   having or showing a ready disposition to fight
    Example: "A contentious nature"

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