1. quarrelsome; looking for a fight
1. I have one contentious student who challenges almost everything I say in my lectures.
2. inspiring contention or controversy; being a subject of argument and disagreement
2. At the party, please don't bring up any contentious issues as topics of discussion.
com (intensive prefix)#tendere (to stretch, extend) (Latin)
contentious, headstrong, intractable, obstinate, recalcitrant, refractory
amenable, complaisant, compliant, docile, tractable
Contentious- (Contender+Serious) One who takes competition too serious always fights and quarrels) Sounds like (Contagious)-The person/people/group who is causing controversy/ quarrelsome is contagious to our society