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Contentious

Con`ten´tious
a.1.Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.
Despotic and contentious temper.
- Macaulay.
2.Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention.
More cheerful, though not less contentious, regions.
- Brougham.
3.(Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy.
Contentious jurisdiction
(Eng. Eccl. Law) jurisdiction over matters in controversy between parties, in contradistinction to voluntary jurisdiction, or that exercised upon matters not opposed or controverted.
Adj.1.contentious - 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"
2.contentious - involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson
3.contentious - having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious nature"
aggravating, aggravative, aggressive, annoying, antagonistic, argumental, argumentative, battling, bellicose, belligerent, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, cat-and-dog, cat-and-doggish, chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, controversial, dialectic, disputatious, enemy, eristic, exasperating, exasperative, ferocious, fierce, fighting, full of fight, hawkish, hostile, ill-humored, inimical, irritating, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic, litigious, logomachic, martial, militant, militaristic, military, offensive, pilpulistic, polemic, pro and con, provocative, pugnacious, quarrelsome, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage, scrappy, soldierlike, soldierly, trigger-happy, truculent, unfriendly, unpacific, unpeaceable, unpeaceful, warlike, warmongering, warring
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