What does Conflict mean?

Definitions for Conflictkənˈflɪkt; ˈkɒn flɪkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Conflict.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. conflict, struggle, battle(noun)

    an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

    "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

  2. conflict(noun)

    opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings

    "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

  3. battle, conflict, fight, engagement(noun)

    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

    "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

  4. conflict(noun)

    a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests

    "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"

  5. conflict(noun)

    an incompatibility of dates or events

    "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"

  6. conflict(noun)

    opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)

    "this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"

  7. dispute, difference, difference of opinion, conflict(verb)

    a disagreement or argument about something important

    "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"

  8. conflict(verb)

    be in conflict

    "The two proposals conflict!"

  9. conflict, run afoul, infringe, contravene(verb)

    go against, as of rules and laws

    "He ran afoul of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"

Wiktionary

  1. conflict(Noun)

    often violent, between two opposing groups or individuals.

    The conflict between the government and the rebels began three years ago.

  2. conflict(Verb)

    to disagree or be incompatible

  3. Origin: From conflictus, past participle of confligere, from com- (a form of con-) + fligere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conflict

    a striking or dashing together; violent collision; as, a conflict of elements or waves

  2. Conflict

    a strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting

  3. Conflict(verb)

    to strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide

  4. Conflict(verb)

    to maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle

  5. Conflict(verb)

    to be in opposition; to be contradictory

Freebase

  1. Conflict

    Conflict refers to some form of friction, disagreement, or discord arising within a group when the beliefs or actions of one of more members of the group are either resisted by or unacceptable to one or more members of another group. Conflict can arise between members of the same group, known as intragroup conflict, or it can occur between members of two or more groups, and involve violence, interpersonal discord, and psychological tension, known as intergroup conflict. Conflict in groups often follows a specific course. Routine group interaction is first disrupted by an initial conflict, often caused by differences of opinion, disagreements between members, or scarcity of resources. At this point, the group is no longer united, and may split into coalitions. This period of conflict escalation in some cases gives way to a conflict resolution stage, after which the group can eventually return to routine group interaction once again.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conflict

    kon′flikt, n. violent collision: a struggle or contest: a battle: a mental struggle.—v.i. Conflict′, to fight: contend: to be in opposition: to clash.—adj. Conflict′ing, clashing: contradictory.—n. Conflic′tion.—adj. Conflict′ive, tending to conflict. [L. confligĕrecon, together, and fligĕre, to strike.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. conflict

    An armed struggle or clash between organized groups within a nation or between nations in order to achieve limited political or military objectives. Although regular forces are often involved, irregular forces frequently predominate. Conflict often is protracted, confined to a restricted geographic area, and constrained in weaponry and level of violence. Within this state, military power in response to threats may be exercised in an indirect manner while supportive of other instruments of national power. Limited objectives may be achieved by the short, focused, and direct application of force.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Conflict' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1845

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Conflict' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2931

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Conflict' in Nouns Frequency: #666

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Conflict in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Conflict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stanford President John Hennessy:

    It’s clearly at some level a conflict, it’s not a direct conflict, but it is a worrisome issue.

  2. Valerie Amos:

    Conflict has devastated millions of Syrians' lives, trapping them in conflict areas and denying them access to basic provisions and healthcare.

  3. Robert Lynd:

    No doubt there are other important things in life besides conflict, but there are not many other things so inevitably interesting. The very saints interest us most when we think of them as enganged in a conflict with the Devil.

  4. George J. Mitchell:

    I believe there’s no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. No matter how ancient the conflict, no matter how hateful, no matter how hurtful, peace can prevail.

  5. Dmitri Trenin:

    This is a conflict that reaches pretty deep into the psyche of the Russian people. It's not a foreign conflict. ... It's something very close to home, this is something that's at the back of a lot of people's minds, and in particular, people with sons of draft age are worried.

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