What does altercation mean?

Definitions for altercationˌɔl tərˈkeɪ ʃən

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affray, altercation, fracas(noun)

    noisy quarrel


  1. altercation(Noun)

    Warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest.

  2. Origin: From altercation, from altercatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Altercation(noun)

    warm contention in words; dispute carried on with heat or anger; controversy; wrangle; wordy contest


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of altercation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of altercation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Los Angeles Police Department:

    During that altercation, at least one less than lethal device was deployed, a Taser, however at this time we still do not know if that Taser did strike the suspect.

  2. Mary Ann Hopkins:

    A police officer who had been in trouble many times before pulled him off the ledge of the car, another officer comes around and says he saw an altercation to grab for the officer's gun and shot him in the chest.

  3. Director General Tony Hall:

    A member of staff -- who is a completely innocent party -- took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed.

  4. Winston Calvert:

    The officers were not acting out of line at any time during the arrest. The person involved in this altercation had a semi-automatic gun, and the officers were protecting themselves and the public. They did what had to be done to protect themselves.

  5. Norman Seabrook:

    If I physically touch an inmate, it's a use of force irrespective of an injury happening, absolutely we're saying, 'Document everything. Don't physically get into an altercation but use chemical agents. Spray them. Spray everybody you've got to spray but don't punch nobody out. Just spray whoever you've got to.'.

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