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Word: contentious

Definition: quarrelsome; controversial; likely to cause arguments


Sentences Containing 'contentious'

"The Small Back Room" marked the return of Powell and Pressburger to Alexander Korda after a profitable but somewhat contentious time at The Rank Organisation.
Allocations involving water sources that cross state borders or international borders can be quite contentious, and are generally governed by federal court rulings, interstate agreements and international treaties.
Also heavily involved in the event was John Wheelwright, Hutchinson's relative through marriage and a minister with a "vigorous and contentious demeanor".
As the Swiss referee did not see the situation properly, the opinion of the Soviet linesman Tofik Bakhramov who believed that the ball bounced back from the net rather than the crossbar led to one of the most contentious goals in the history of football.
At the second trial, Malak, Yates, and Berry angered the judge and others by raising their fists in power salutes when introduced to the court, guaranteeing a contentious atmosphere.
Behind the scenes talks were held between the residents and organisers leading for the parade to pass off peacefully and the agreement was heralded as a success and as a possible blueprint for other contentious marches.
But to proceed in this reconciling project with regard to the question of liberty and necessity; the most contentious question of metaphysics, the most contentious science; it will not require many words to prove, that all mankind have ever agreed in the doctrine of liberty as well as in that of necessity, and that the whole dispute, in this respect also, has been hitherto merely verbal.
Correlating this with a date in the modern calendar has proven contentious with outcomes varying from 2304 to 6934 years BC.
During this term one of the most contentious issues of the age arose, uniting the divided elements into a common cause.
He names these three last methods as "eristic dialectic (contentious argument)."
He opined that the inherent tendency formula is contentious because the literal meaning of inherent tendency would "obscure the fact that a contextual analysis is actually required."
He was also a delegate to the contentious 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago where he did not nominate George Wallace's nomination for President but supported Ted Kennedy.
He was also involved in the contentious legislation for Catholic emancipation, finally passed in 1829.
Hintz publicly apologized on February 28 for comments directed at fellow legislator, Republican Assemblywoman Michelle Litjens during a heated backroom debate, after Republicans allegedly breaking procedural rules to end a 58-hour debate on the contentious budget.
However, the ecology and this transition is considerably more contentious, with various scientists supporting either a "trees down" origin (in which an arboreal ancestor evolved gliding, then flight) or a "ground up" origin (in which a fast-running terrestrial ancestor used wings for a speed boost and to help catch prey.
In 2002, the company completed a contentious merger with rival computer company Compaq, which made HP the world's largest personal computer manufacturer.
In many episodes, Stan contemplates ethics in beliefs, moral dilemmas, and contentious issues, and will often reflect on the lessons he has attained with a speech that often begins with "You know, I learned something today...".
König himself showed a "copy" of a 1707 letter from Leibniz to Jacob Hermann with the principle, but the "original" letter has been lost. In contentious proceedings, König was accused of forgery, and even the King of Prussia entered the debate, defending Maupertuis (the head of his Academy), while Voltaire defended König.
Labor laws and rice production controls have also become contentious issues within Abe's government.
Liechtenstein v. Guatemala is the proper name for the 1955 contentious case adjudicated by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Many historians saw this letter as a "masterly straddle"but in recent years it has been viewed as Polk's only official position on the contentious and politically divisive tariff issue.[3 His opponent Henry Clay by contrast, produced hundreds of letters and public statements on the tariff, including seemingly contradictory views aimed at different audiences.
Not to be slack and negligent; or loose, and wanton in thy actions; nor contentious, and troublesome in thy conversation; nor to rove and wander in thy fancies and imaginations.
One of the more contentious points amongst historians is the question of what Operation Epsom was intended to achieve.
Owing to the contentious nature of the campaign, Schenck eked out a narrow win over Clayor, defeating him with 51% of the vote and by about a thousand votes.
Records after 18 years, with whom he had a contentious relationship.
said Stryver, slapping the desk with his contentious hand, opening his eyes wider, and taking a long breath,``if I understand you, Mr. Lorry, I'll be hanged!''
Some who disagree with the importance of early experience regard this view point as contentious.
The board meeting which preceded the vote was a contentious one, and the all-day meeting ended very late in the afternoon.
The college grew in both enrollment and academic recognition under Dr. Schrader's leadership even under the contentious circumstances with fundamentalist/conservative religious state powers.
The general election was contentious, and sparks flew when the Pompeo campaign posted a link to a controversial blog that attacked Goyle’s religion and ethnic heritage that referred to him as "just another 'turban topper' we don’t need in Congress or any political office that deals with the U.S. Constitution, Christianity, and the United States of America!"
The most contentious issue he faced during his three years as governor involved the Stamp Act which had been passed by the British Parliament just before he took office for the second time.
The most contentious matter was the border between Samogitia and Prussia.
The new policies of subsidizing basic foodstuffs, redistributing oil revenue and breaking-up large estates was particularly contentious.
The nominee was bound to be contentious because the individual would give the Republican Party its first opportunity to appoint a majority of the members of the Board. On November 23, he wrote to the President: "It is readily apparent that the person appointed by you to fill the remaining Board vacancy will be in a position to determine in large measure the extent to which the policies of your administration will be effectuated by this agency."
The origin of the ichthyosaurs is contentious.
The origin of the term "porterhouse" is contentious, with several cities and establishments claiming to have coined it.
The program featured discussions, often contentious, between public officials, experts and plain citizens on topics that ranged from serious (child abuse) to light (alien abductions).
This period was a highly contentious one, because the attacks by the Lombards from the West, Slovene tribes from the north, and Croat tribes from the east and south resulted in a state of near constant conflict. Republic of Venice.
This was contentious, as due to the land's prime location right next to the DLF Golf Club, the land sold is worth Rs 400 billion.
Tough, often contentious, negotiations took place with Soviet officials before the series became a reality, in which Snider was actively involved.
Water supplies for many communities in North and South Carolina are taken from the Yadkin-Pee Dee and during drought years the division of the water is a contentious issue.
Wheelwright, who was characterized as having a contentious disposition, had been the pastor of a church within walking distance of Hutchinson's home town of Alford. He was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, receiving his B.A. in 1615 and his M.A. in 1618.
When a relative risk result actually becomes significant is a difficult and contentious issue.
When his second term was over, he once again ran for Governor in 1998, but was defeated by incumbent Democratic governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez in a contentious race ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
When it happened skirmishes broke out between UVF men who had been standing outside the Rex watching the procession and the group involved in unfurling the contentious flag, which had been discreetly concealed near the tail end of the parade.
When Sledd arrived in Lake City, it was a school with a new name, a faculty fractured by contentious personalities, an unknown number of returning students and an uncertain future.
While race relations are still a contentious issue in the South, the region surpasses the rest of the country in many areas of integration and racial equality.
While Wheelwright was contentious and outspoken, Cotton was mild and tractable.
With the emergence of an externally consistent green economics and agreement on definitions of potentially contentious terms such as full-cost accounting, natural capital and social capital, the prospect of formal metrics for ecological and social loss or risk has grown less remote through the 1990s.
``Never you trouble your head about this man,''retorted the contentious Mr. Cruncher;``you'll have trouble enough with giving your attention to that gentleman.

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