One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not causing or likely to cause an argument.
- ‘Articles are conspicuously cautious in their wording and the subject matter has shifted to non-contentious issues.’
- ‘I've been known to use a Palm for notes myself, in non-contentious, low pressure situations.’
- ‘A seemingly non-contentious planning application left Ryedale District Councillors deadlocked and divided last night.’
- ‘It has to be said that the overwhelming feature of the 2005 long-list is just how orthodox, inoffensive, and non-contentious it looks.’
- ‘Maiko told Times Entertainment that although some people had approached him over the titling of his fourth album, he would not be making any changes but would rather people listen to the lyrics which he describes as non-contentious.’
- ‘The minister will make the case for slowly building a new EU / US relationship in foreign policy concentrating on non-contentious issues on which they share common views.’
- ‘The selections themselves are, however, often more politically robust than such a seemingly non-contentious policy might suggest.’
- ‘The truth is, that every situation is different and needs to be assessed in conjunction with those involved in a non-contentious and collaborative way.’
- ‘All of that seems to me to be in the end non-contentious.’
- ‘However, a serious publisher can distinguish between non-contentious notices and unreasonable notices.’
- ‘Even this column must occasionally voice a non-contentious opinion.’
- ‘Should a State consider instituting proceedings, attempts will be first made to establish common ground, to reach a non-contentious compromise.’
- ‘In this case, I am sure that the bill will prove to be non-contentious in terms of the level of support that it will attract from the parties across Parliament.’
- ‘When I fancy a couple of solitary late-night pints in non-contentious company, I tend towards the Royal Borough of Islington.’
Not involving differences between contending parties.
- ‘Mark is a member of the firm's regional construction and engineering group having specialised in contentious and non-contentious construction law for over ten years.’
- ‘If it was non-contentious it would have been pushed through.’
- ‘Generally, barristers can only be briefed by solicitors, although the Bar Council allows very limited direct access to barristers in non-contentious cases.’
- ‘The council has made rules only in respect of the remuneration of lawyers for non-contentious business.’
- ‘Your Honours, the issues in this matter are clear-cut and they are non-contentious.’
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