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contentious

Pronunciation: /kənˈtentʃəs; kənˈtenʃəs/

Translation of contentious in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [issue/decision] polémico, muy discutido
    Example sentences
    • The most contentious issue is likely to be a provision encouraging commissioners to facilitate voluntary co-operation by witness to be heard in private.
    • Of course controversies and contentious issues have emerged.
    • As I stated in the opening paragraph of my article, the issue is contentious and controversial.
    1.2 [person] discutidor
    Example sentences
    • A small, dark, contentious people known as the Picts held sway over the islands until the eighth and ninth centuries, when Viking invaders arrived.
    • I don't like breaches and I am not a particularly contentious person at all, but if my back is against the wall I can certainly muster all my inner forces.
    • At about the same time, the Pentagon's exultation of a contentious personality reflected an increasingly codified belief in speed.

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