From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contentious \Con*ten"tious\, a. [L. contentiosus: cf. F.
   1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking
      dispute or contention; quarrelsome.
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            Despotic and contentious temper.      --Macaulay.
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   2. Relating to contention or strife; involving or
      characterized by contention. --Spenser.
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            More cheerful, though not less contentious, regions.
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   3. (Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to
      decide controversy.
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   Contentious jurisdiction (Eng. Eccl. Law), jurisdiction
      over matters in controversy between parties, in
      contradistinction to voluntary jurisdiction, or that
      exercised upon matters not opposed or controverted.

   Syn: Quarrelsome; pugnacious; dissentious; wrangling;
        litigious; perverse; peevish. -- Con*ten"tious*ly,
        adv. -- Con*ten"tious*ness, n.
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