Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
 
Lookup History
contentious

con·ten·tious

contentious

 
 
pronunciation:
kn ten shs
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: inclined to argue; quarrelsome; belligerent.
She had never been one to argue with her mother, but she was becoming more contentious now that she was in high school.
antonyms:
peaceable
similar words:
argumentative, belligerent, contradictory, controversial, quarrelsome
definition 2: marked by or involving contention.
There is now a contentious bill before the legislature.
similar words:
controversial
Word CombinationsSubscriber feature About this feature
derivations: contentiously (adv.), contentiousness (n.)