contentious contentious  /kən ˈtɛn ʃəs/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
  2. (adj) involving or likely to cause controversy

Usage(s):

  1. A central and contentious element of the book is the issue of gay marriages.
  2. When the wall fell the two erstwhile rival and contentious countries rejoiced and celebrated.
  3. The claim of the leading environmentalists of UN about the lifespan of the Himalayan glaciers has become increasingly contentious.

News

  1. Attention turns to vote-counting on immigration

    Backers of far-reaching immigration legislation are turning their attention to courting support and counting votes after the Senate pushed the contentious bill over early procedural hurdles. Two votes ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Immigration debate begins; early hurdles cleared in Senate

    In Spanish and English, the Senate pushed contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles with deceptive ease Tuesday as President Barack Obama insisted the "moment is now" to give 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally a chance at citizenship.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  3. Immigration debate clears procedural Senate hurdle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In Spanish and English, the Senate pushed contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles with deceptive ease on Tuesday as President Barack Obama insisted the "moment is now" to give 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally a chance at citizenship.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "The focus of his confirmation process would have been on the past rather than the future," Gates said. "There was the very real prospect the process would be quite contentious."
    on Jun 8, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: ABC News

  2. "A contentious relationship with Russia is not in America's interest and a contentious relationship with America is not in Russia's interest," Bush said before departing for Texas for a vacation.
    on Aug 15, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Reuters UK

  3. "If all funding bills are going to be this partisan and contentious, it will be a very long year," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said.
    on May 25, 2007 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Washington Post

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