Definition Of contentious


causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial.

a contentious issue

Example Of contentious

  • A blow to the nose, sharply given by an experienced pastor during a congregational debate, can put a contentious layperson into a stupor.

  • A small, dark, contentious people known as the Picts held sway over the islands until the eighth and ninth centuries, when Viking invaders arrived.

  • A strongly contentious figure, he garnered many enemies as well as advocates.

  • Although many agreed that this system was not compatible with separation, the introduction of a new system was highly contentious and hotly debated.

  • Although Tanzania is one of the least densely populated countries in eastern Africa, control and access to productive lands has become an increasingly contentious issue.

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