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Synonyms for contentious
kənˈtɛn ʃəscon·tentious

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. contentious

    Synonyms:
    litigious, perverse, wayward, splenetic, cantankerous, exceptions

    Antonyms:
    pacific, obliging, considerate, obsequious, accommodating, easy

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 1 vote

  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"

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

    Antonyms:
    unargumentative, uncontroversial, noncontroversial

  2. contentiousadjective

    involving or likely to cause controversy

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

    Synonyms:
    litigious, disputatious, combative, disputative

    Antonyms:
    unargumentative, uncontroversial, noncontroversial

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. contentiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    quarrelsome, cross, petulant, perverse

  2. contentiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    disputatious, captious, cavilling

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. contentiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    disputatious, litigious, quarrelsome, dissentious, polemical

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How to use contentious in a sentence?

  1. Chris McDaniel:

    By announcing early, we are asking Mississippi Republicans to unite around my candidacy and avoid another contentious contest among GOP members that would only improve the Democrats’ chances of winning the open seat, if we unite the party and consolidate our resources, we can guarantee Donald Trump will have a fighter who will stand with him.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    We have the Affordable Care Act. That is one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, the Democratic Party and our country, to tear it up and start over again, pushing our country back into that kind of a contentious debate, I think is the wrong direction.

  3. Judge Comstock:

    It is my intention to release you, Mr. Duggar, with a number of contentious conditions which the court is going to find to be the least restrictive conditions necessary to ensure the safety of the community, so I need you to listen up because we're in the room, and if you can't comply with any of them, then you're going to stay right where you are. OK. First, I agree with Mr. Gelfand that I haven't heard any evidence that you're a flight risk. I'm going to impose some conditions that's going to make traveling out of here pretty hard.

  4. Tom Perez:

    Well the most important thing we're going to do is to build a fair, level playing field for everybody, i welcome the debate. I think there is going to be a bumper crop of candidates and that the American people are going to see a very robust Democratic Party. What will unite all of them is that they are all fighting for a better deal and a brighter future and better tomorrows for everyone, not just a few at the top. And what we're doing at the DNC is making sure we build the infrastructure, the organizing infrastructure, the technology infrastructure so that whoever ... becomes the nominee that they can walk into a DNC that enables them to sprint across the finish line.Listen hereWhile Perez said he hopes ideas and ideals are what helps to unite his party, it may just be mutual disgust for Trump that will act as the super glue for Democrats.Below are some of excerpts of my interview with DNC Chairman Tom Perez. This QA has been edited for brevity, clarity and flow.Mark Preston: As you look at the current state of play right now, what is the Democratic plan to address Donald Trump in this off year?Tom Perez: Step one is that we have to take on Donald Trump in all of these areas that he's trying to take America back, and make America weak, not make America great. Equally important though, we can't simply be against Donald Trump. We've got to articulate what we are for, and we have always been fighting for a fair shake for everyone. Listen hereFollow CNN OpinionJoin us on Twitter and FacebookPreston: (W)hen you were running for chairman, ... it was a bit of a contentious fight. There was a lot of criticism from the grassroots about the battle between establishment Democrats and grassroots Democrats. ... What is being done behind the scenes to try to bridge the divide between those two (factions)?Perez: Every single day we are leading with our values. ... If we want to address income inequality in this country, one of the most important things we can do is support efforts for people to unionize and form a union. When unions succeed, the middle class succeeds. When unions succeed, income inequality goes down, and what we have to do as a party is be out there on the issues that matter the most to people: health care, good jobs, the efforts to cut support for public education, we have to articulate what we stand for.

  5. Republican National Committee:

    His bid isn't just bad news for residents, it's more proof that Democrats are about to endure the most crowded, divisive, and contentious primary in history.


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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