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.
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,
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]