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Definition of contentious adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    contentious

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//kənˈtɛnʃəs//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1likely to cause disagreement between people a contentious issue/topic/subject Both views are highly contentious. Try to avoid any contentious wording. opposite uncontentious
  2. 2liking to argue; involving a lot of arguing a contentious meeting
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