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contentious

relating to a cause or legal business that is contested.
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Villa had gone a goal down right on the stroke of half time afterMark Noble sent Brad Friedel the wrong way for a 45thminutepenalty striker after referee Steve Bennett had somewhat contentiously adjudged Villa's stand-in right back Habib Beye to have fouled the Zavon Hines.
I find it exasperating how we Anglicans are contentiously working to avoid what should be obvious: the law of the land is that all persons may enter into marriage.
Though I must report, honestly and contentiously, that Ben's critical faculties are slightly askew when it comes to ice-cream.
This argument goes substantially beyond special pleading for tapestries to be taken seriously in the list of types of visual productions Henry VIII had at his disposal: for Campbell argues, contentiously, that the figurative media of painting and print were always secondary to tapestry in the king's order of priorities, as measured by cost, numbers, and size.
The role of Asia's two emerging economic giants in Africa's development is being contentiously debated.
Arafa's "The Island," allegedly based on the real-life downfall of a local drug lord, deals with the issues of opium and arms trading and, most contentiously, the relationship between gangsters and the government.
More contentiously, he argues that Caesar reconfigured the concept of virtus to include submission to command in war--virtus taking on shades of disciplina rather than standing in opposition to it.
Even more contentiously, Reul praised nuclear energy in terms of its favourable price, advantageousness in terms of security of supply and CO2 emissions.
He concludes, contentiously, that endogenous money was implicit in the arguments of both Schools, and that classical macroeconomics had a distinctive analytical structure in which output and employment were determined separately.
This effect is known as "positive water vapor feedback." Its existence and size have been argued contentiously for several years.
Various legislatures here and overseas have spent years wrestling with what to do with 'excess' IVF embryos and how to approve their use in research, most contentiously embryonic stem cell research.
What is not quite so clear, is what is the knowledge and, more contentiously, how do people obtain relevant knowledge?