What does conflict mean?

Definitions for conflict
kənˈflɪkt; ˈkɒn flɪktcon·flict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conflict, struggle, battlenoun

    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. conflictnoun

    opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings

    "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

  3. battle, conflict, fight, engagementnoun

    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. conflictnoun

    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. conflictnoun

    an incompatibility of dates or events

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

  6. conflictnoun

    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, conflictverb

    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. conflictverb

    be in conflict

    "The two proposals conflict!"

  9. conflict, run afoul, infringe, contraveneverb

    go against, as of rules and laws

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

Wiktionary

  1. conflictnoun

    often violent, between two opposing groups or individuals.

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

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

  2. conflictverb

    to disagree or be incompatible

    Etymology: 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. Conflictverb

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

  4. Conflictverb

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

  5. Conflictverb

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. conflict

    An indecisive action.

Editors Contribution

  1. Conflict

    In life we have conflict, Sometimes we need to avoid conflict Sometimes we need to create it Sometimes we need to resolve it !

    Submitted by anonymous on July 12, 2020  

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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

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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

Examples of conflict in a Sentence

  1. Judge Thomas M. Goethals:

    In this case, the District Attorney's conflict of interest is not imaginary. It apparently stems from his loyalty to his law enforcement partners at the expense of his other constitutional and statutory obligations.

  2. Peter Altmaier:

    The talks which lie ahead will be difficult, i was there (in the U.S.) in June and my impression is that, for the U.S. administration, reaching a solution is seen as more important than continuing the conflict.

  3. Jason Greenblatt:

    The message is that those who spread misinformation about the conflict or the plan are not going to get away with it anymore, if you lie or deceive to try to shape public opinion, were not going to let you do that without a response. We are in the midst of educating, and in some cases, re-educating people.

  4. Med Jones:

    Lack of regulation is as bad as over-regulation. Although I believe governments should not regulate free market choices, I also believe they should regulate to protect investors against conflict of interests and negligence by investment bankers. Regulations should also ensure full transparency and disclosures and should effectively penalize violators.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    The longer we go into this conflict without a resolution, the more members become comfortable with the status quo and failure to act ... that would be an appalling result.

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