Legal Definition and Related Resources of Contentious

Meaning of Contentious

That which involves a contest ; litigated between adverse or contending parties . A proceeding which is contested as opposed to being ex parte . In probate practice, contentious cause or proceeding means the proving of a will in solemn form, the obtaining of probate or administration where disputed, contest involving testamentary capacity , undue influence etc.

Synonyms of Contentious


  • aggressive
  • argumentative
  • bellicose
  • belligerent
  • cantankerous
  • captious
  • caviling
  • combative
  • competitive
  • contrary
  • contumacious
  • cross
  • discordant
  • disputatious
  • dissentious
  • factious
  • inimical
  • irascible
  • litigious
  • militant
  • noncooperating
  • nonpacific
  • obstinate
  • perverse
  • polemical
  • pugnacious
  • pugnax
  • quarrelsome
  • recalcitrant
  • schismatic
  • stubborn
  • uncooperative
  • unfriendly
  • unpacific
  • unpeaceful
  • wrangling

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