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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·ten·tious /kənˈtɛn(t)ʃəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 Syn: -- Quarrelsome; pugnacious; dissentious; wrangling; litigious; perverse; peevish.
 -- Con*ten*tious*ly, adv. -- Con*ten*tious*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: 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" [syn: disputatious,
              disputative, litigious]
      2: involving or likely to cause controversy; "a central and
         contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson
      3: having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose
         young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious
         nature" [syn: battleful, bellicose, combative]