Synonyms of contentious in English:

contentious


See definition of contentious

adjective

1‘the contentious issue of abortion’

SYNONYMS

controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed, contended, open to debate, open to question, moot, vexed

ambivalent, equivocal, unsure, uncertain, unresolved, undecided, unsettled, borderline

rare controvertible

ANTONYMS

uncontroversial

2‘a contentious debate’

SYNONYMS

heated, vehement, fierce, violent, intense, impassioned, committed

ANTONYMS

calm

3‘contentious people’

SYNONYMS

argumentative, quarrelsome, disputatious, disputative, confrontational, captious, factious, cavilling, pugnacious, combative, ready for a fight, defiant, hostile, antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, militant, warring, fighting, battling

threatening, litigious

irascible, cantankerous, irritable, petulant, truculent, fiery, quick-tempered, hot-tempered, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, choleric

bickering, wrangling

British informal stroppy

North American informal scrappy

ANTONYMS

peaceable