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Synonyms for contentious
kənˈtɛn ʃəscon·tentious

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contentious

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

    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 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

    Synonyms:
    quarrelsome, cross, petulant, perverse

  2. contentiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    disputatious, captious, cavilling

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contentiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    disputatious, litigious, quarrelsome, dissentious, polemical

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How to use contentious in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Alex Chow:

    How long can we maintain Hong Kong's judicial independence? we've already seen judges make decisions that have been highly contentious. Beijing might be able to put pressure on Hong Kong to charge us (the protest leaders) with more serious offences to shut us up.

  3. 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.

  4. Andrew Wolfe:

    That may be a contentious issue.

  5. Michelle Lee Flores:

    If it’s a controversial news story, just don’t do it, there’s always a mask of the current president or someone running for office out there. This election has been pretty contentious so I would recommend staying away from the two candidates.

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Translations for contentious

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  • إثارة للخلافArabic
  • свадлив, споренBulgarian
  • controvertit, contenciósCatalan, Valencian
  • sporný, diskutabilníCzech
  • omstridtDanish
  • streitsüchtig, umstrittenGerman
  • φιλόνικοςGreek
  • belicoso, camorrista, controvertido, provocador, pendenciero, contenciosoSpanish
  • riidanhaluinen, riitaisa, kiistanalainen, riidanalainenFinnish
  • bagarreur, provocateur, batailleur, agressif, controversé, chamailleur, combatif, belliqueux, querelleur, contentieuxFrench
  • conspóideachIrish
  • विवादास्पदHindi
  • veszekedő, pörlekedő, vitatott, vitásHungarian
  • kontensiusIndonesian
  • bellicoso, provocatore, controverso, aggressivo, contenziosoItalian
  • שנוי במחלוקתHebrew
  • 争うJapanese
  • ವಿವಾದಾತ್ಮಕKannada
  • 논쟁의Korean
  • ex contentione,Latin
  • kūraruraruMāori
  • provocateur, agressief, ruziemaker, strijdlustig, omstreden, vechtjas, aangevochtenDutch
  • omstridteNorwegian
  • spornyPolish
  • controverso, conflituoso, contenciosaPortuguese
  • litigiosRomanian
  • дискуссионный, любящий спорить, спорный, вздорный, придирчивый, сварливыйRussian
  • omstridd, omtvistad, bråkigSwedish
  • சர்ச்சைக்குரியTamil
  • వివాదస్పదTelugu
  • ที่ถกเถียงกันThai
  • mücâdeleci, çekişmeli, kavgacı, tartışmalıTurkish
  • суперечливийUkrainian
  • cãi nhauVietnamese
  • פרוםYiddish
  • 争议Chinese

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