What does conflict mean?

Definitions for conflict
kənˈflɪkt; ˈkɒn flɪktcon·flict

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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.

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

  2. conflict(Verb)

    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. 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.

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

How to pronounce conflict?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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How to say conflict in sign language?

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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. Justin Trudeau:

    We would like this conflict to end, but we also do not back down. china is making stronger moves than it has before to try and get its own way on the world stage and Western countries and democracies around the world are pulling together to point out to that this is not something that we need to continue to allow.

  2. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    We Americans know-although others appear to forget-the risk of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war. (On ordering retaliatory action against North Vietnam)

  3. Joe Biden:

    President Trump Iran strategy is President Trump Iran strategy, by walking away from diplomacy, President Trump has made military conflict more likely. Another war in Middle East is the last thing we need.

  4. Secretary Tillerson:

    Once we can confirm that with some actual forensics I think that will be useful in deciding what action to take next, particularly at the U.N. Security Council because that would represent a violation of certain Security Council resolutions in terms of providing arms into a conflict zone, whether this specific missile came from Iran, it seems very likely but I think we’d like to get the final forensics on it.

  5. David Adesnik:

    These are two faces of precisely the same conflict, same threat. It’s not that there is one terrorist threat to Europe or other Western places, then a different threat that ISIS and other groups present in the Middle East.

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