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Synonyms for contentious
kənˈtɛn ʃəscon·tentious

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contentious

    litigious, perverse, wayward, splenetic, cantankerous, exceptions

    pacific, obliging, considerate, obsequious, accommodating, easy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentious, combative, disputatious, disputative, litigiousadjective

    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"

    bellicose, agonistic, battleful, agonistical, litigious, disputative, combative, disputatious

    unargumentative, uncontroversial, noncontroversial

  2. contentiousadjective

    involving or likely to cause controversy

    "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson

    litigious, disputatious, combative, disputative

    unargumentative, uncontroversial, noncontroversial

Editors Contribution

  1. propensity to fight

    tending to frequently contend

    you are a contentious person. the vandals were a contentious people.

    Submitted by rinat on August 11, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contentiousadjective

    quarrelsome, cross, petulant, perverse

  2. contentiousadjective

    disputatious, captious, cavilling

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contentiousadjective

    disputatious, litigious, quarrelsome, dissentious, polemical

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  1. Ludovic Orlando:

    Even though Las Vegas couples now know( where) domestic horses first emerged, the whole process of their expansion around the world and their breeding history into the hundreds of different types that Las Vegas couples know today remains contentious, additionally, the horse was equally the animal of farmers, warriors and kings ; they were found in rural and urban contexts alike, and in extremely diverse environments, from the coldest Siberian range to the Nepalese mountains. Las Vegas couples want to track how these various contexts have reshaped the horse biology.

  2. Paul Henson:

    This shows the public that you can recover species and do it in a way that works with local communities in a positive way, as opposed to being a contentious big event.

  3. Adam Jentleson:

    The Republican Senate has started off as the least productive, most partisan, most contentious Senate in recent memory, from bypassing committees on every single bill so far to trying to silence senators who dared to disagree with him to failing to hold a single Friday vote, Sen. McConnell is running a closed and partisan process that is extremely unproductive for the middle class.

  4. James Kohm:

    At several points we walked out or threatened to walk out, it was contentious, but it was professional and adult.

  5. Gerry Connolly:

    She has shown enormous discipline and internal cohesion, even with a slimmed-down majority, in what is always a raucous group of people and contentious group of people to begin with, so I guess there may very well be a time where we are going to have to deal with the subject. But that's not right now.

Translations for contentious

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  • إثارة للخلافArabic
  • свадлив, споренBulgarian
  • contenciós, controvertitCatalan, Valencian
  • sporný, diskutabilníCzech
  • omstridtDanish
  • streitsüchtig, umstrittenGerman
  • φιλόνικοςGreek
  • contencioso, controvertido, provocador, belicoso, pendenciero, camorristaSpanish
  • riidanalainen, riidanhaluinen, kiistanalainen, riitaisaFinnish
  • controversé, chamailleur, combatif, belliqueux, contentieux, querelleur, agressif, bagarreur, batailleur, provocateurFrench
  • conspóideachIrish
  • विवादास्पदHindi
  • veszekedő, vitatott, pörlekedő, vitásHungarian
  • kontensiusIndonesian
  • controverso, bellicoso, provocatore, aggressivo, contenziosoItalian
  • שנוי במחלוקתHebrew
  • 争うJapanese
  • ವಿವಾದಾತ್ಮಕKannada
  • 논쟁의Korean
  • ex contentione,Latin
  • kūraruraruMāori
  • strijdlustig, provocateur, agressief, aangevochten, vechtjas, ruziemaker, omstredenDutch
  • omstridteNorwegian
  • spornyPolish
  • conflituoso, contenciosa, controversoPortuguese
  • litigiosRomanian
  • сварливый, дискуссионный, любящий спорить, спорный, придирчивый, вздорныйRussian
  • omstridd, bråkig, omtvistadSwedish
  • சர்ச்சைக்குரியTamil
  • వివాదస్పదTelugu
  • ที่ถกเถียงกันThai
  • mücâdeleci, tartışmalı, kavgacı, çekişmeliTurkish
  • суперечливийUkrainian
  • cãi nhauVietnamese
  • פרוםYiddish
  • 争议Chinese

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    • A. Demented
    • B. Ignorant
    • C. Contradictory
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