Definitions for contentionkənˈtɛn ʃən

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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


  1. Contention ratio

    In computer networking, the contention ratio is the ratio of the potential maximum demand to the actual bandwidth. The higher the contention ratio, the greater the number of users that may be trying to use the actual bandwidth at any one time and, therefore, the lower the effective bandwidth offered, especially at peak times. A contended service is a service which offers the users of the network a minimum statistically guaranteed contention ratio, while typically offering peaks of usage of up to the maximum bandwidth supplied to the user. Contended services are usually much cheaper to provide than uncontended services, although they only reduce the backbone traffic costs for the users, and do not reduce the costs of providing and maintaining equipment for connecting to the network.

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