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.