1. Apt to contend; given to angry debate; quarrelsome; perverse.
A continual dropping in a rainy day, and a contentious woman are alike. Proverbs 27:15.
2. Relating to contention in law; relating to litigation; having power to decide causes between contending parties; as a court of contentious jurisdiction.
3. Exciting or adapted to provoke contention or disputes; as a contentious subject.