Contentious jurisdiction(Eng. Eccl. Law), jurisdiction over matters in controversy between parties, in contradistinction to voluntary jurisdiction, or that exercised upon matters not opposed or controverted.

Syn. — Quarrelsome; pugnacious; dissentious; wrangling; litigious; perverse; peevish.

Con*ten"tious*ly, adv.Con*ten"tious*ness, n.

(Con*tent"less) a. [Content + -less.] Discontented; dissatisfied. [R.] Shak.

(Con*tent"ly), adv. In a contented manner. [Obs.]

(Con*tent"ment) n. [Cf. F. contentement. See Content, v. t.]

1. The state of being contented or satisfied; content.

Contentment without external honor is humility.

Godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Tim. vi. 6.

2. The act or process of contenting or satisfying; as, the contentment of avarice is impossible.

2. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.

Contentions and strivings about the law.
Titus iii. 9.

3. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.

An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain.

4. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.

All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined.

This was my original contention, and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision.

Syn. — Struggle; strife; contest; quarrel; combat; conflict; feud; litigation; controversy; dissension; variance; disagreement; debate; competition; emulation. — Contention, Strife. A struggle between two parties is the idea common to these two words. Strife is a struggle for mastery; contention is a struggle for the possession of some desired object, or the accomplishment of some favorite end. Neither of the words is necessarily used in a bad sense, since there may be a generous strife or contention between two friends as to which shall incur danger or submit to sacrifices. Ordinarily, however, these words denote a struggle arising from bad passions. In that case, strife usually springs from a quarrelsome temper, and contention from, a selfish spirit which seeks its own aggrandizement, or is fearful lest others should obtain too much. Strife has more reference to the manner than to the object of a struggle, while contention takes more account of the end to be gained.

(Con*ten"tious) a. [L. contentiosus: cf. F. contentieux.]

1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.

Despotic and contentious temper.

2. Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention. Spenser.

More cheerful, though not less contentious, regions.

3. (Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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