Definitions for contentionkənˈtɛn ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•ten•tionkənˈtɛn ʃən(n.)

  1. a struggling together in opposition; strife; conflict.

  2. a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.

  3. strife in debate; dispute; controversy.

  4. a point contended for or affirmed in controversy.

Origin of contention:

1350–1400; ME (< AF) < L contentiō=conten(dere) to contend+-tiō -tion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contention(noun)

    a point asserted as part of an argument

  2. controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing(noun)

    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

    "they were involved in a violent argument"

  3. competition, contention, rivalry(noun)

    the act of competing as for profit or a prize

    "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"


  1. contention(Noun)

    struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate

  2. contention(Noun)

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

    It is my contention that state lotteries are taxes on stupid people.

  3. contention(Noun)

    Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.

  4. Origin: From contencion, from contencion, from contentio, from contendere, past participle contentus; see contend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contention(noun)

    a violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife

  2. Contention(noun)

    strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention

  3. Contention(noun)

    vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal

  4. Contention(noun)

    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

Translations for contention

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an opinion put forward.

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