Definition of contentiously in US English:



  • See contentious

    • ‘They might throw out a statement that disrupts the conversation, or respond contentiously to a question.’
    • ‘Of all the fraternal film-making teams working today, they are the most contentiously received.’
    • ‘She hadn't heard him speaking so contentiously since their first few meetings on the ship and, to be quite honest, it disgusted her.’
    • ‘Where is innovative American poetry headed, in your opinion, as someone who's been involved, if contentiously, at times, in the - if you'll excuse the word - scene?’
    • ‘The favoured date for the foundation of St Peter's is AD 627, even though one commentator contentiously describes this as ‘the stuff of legend’.’
    • ‘Methadone dose continues to be contentiously debated in the literature.’
    • ‘More contentiously, I think that this point generalises to many left wing positions.’
    • ‘It will hear oral evidence from witnesses in sessions which contentiously are being held behind closed doors beginning in York next month.’
    • ‘It portrays the West falsely and contentiously.’
    • ‘Its fifth volume, on Washington's presidency, was so contentiously Federalist that Jefferson considered writing a rebuttal.’
    • ‘Importantly, when spouses divorce, figuring out what they own and how it all should be divided is often one of the most contentiously debated topics.’
    • ‘Canada is a federal system whose powers are formally and sometimes contentiously divided between the national and provincial governments.’
    • ‘This, she thinks, supports her theory, because contentiously perhaps today women's evolutionary role is to protect both themselves and their offspring from disease.’
    • ‘Most contentiously, the treaty provided for the partition of Ireland, as six Ulster provinces remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘It proves they can grow old just as contentiously as they grew up, that theirs is not a muse whom custom can wither.’
    • ‘And, contentiously, isn't this not that dissimilar to the intellectual tactics of Anti-Semites?’
    • ‘Or was he, more contentiously, acting as an agent for someone else?’
    • ‘But as I sat there and contentiously played the role of the loyal opposition, it occurred to me that, as I wrote above, Roger didn't really care much about all that.’
    • ‘Most contentiously, the applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.’
    • ‘Its existence and size have been contentiously argued for several years.’