noun see contentious

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  • contentiousness — index argument (contention), belligerency, conflict, contention (opposition) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 200 …   Law dictionary

  • contentiousness — contentious ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing or likely to cause disagreement or controversy. 2) given to provoking argument. 3) Law relating to or involving differences between contending parties. DERIVATIVES contentiously adverb contentiousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Contentiousness — Contentious Con*ten tious, a. [L. contentiosus: cf. F. contentieux.] 1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome. [1913 Webster] Despotic and contentious temper. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Relating… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contentiousness — See contentiously. * * * …   Universalium

  • contentiousness — noun The state of being contentious …   Wiktionary

  • contentiousness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The quality or state of being argumentative: argumentativeness, combativeness, disputatiousness, litigiousness, scrappiness. See CONFLICT. 2. Warlike or hostile attitude or nature: bellicoseness, bellicosity,… …   English dictionary for students

  • contentiousness — con ten·tious·ness || ʃəsnɪs n. characterized by belligerence and competition, argumentativeness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contentiousness — con·ten·tious·ness …   English syllables

  • contentiousness — noun an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentious • Syn: ↑quarrelsomeness • Derivationally related forms: ↑contentious, ↑quarrelsome (for: ↑quarrelsomeness) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • combativeness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Warlike or hostile attitude or nature: bellicoseness, bellicosity, belligerence, belligerency, contentiousness, hostility, militance, militancy, pugnaciousness, pugnacity, truculence, truculency. See ATTACK. 2.… …   English dictionary for students

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