What does contention mean?

Definitions for contention
kənˈtɛn ʃəncon·tention

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentionnoun

    a point asserted as part of an argument

  2. controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguingnoun

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

    "they were involved in a violent argument"

  3. competition, contention, rivalrynoun

    the act of competing as for profit or a prize

    "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"


  1. contentionnoun

    struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate

  2. contentionnoun

    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. contentionnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contentionnoun

    Etymology: contentio, Latin.

    Can we with manners ask what was the difference?
    ———— Safely, I think; ’twas a contention in publick. William Shakespeare.

    But avoid foolish questions and genealogies, and contentions and strivings. Tit. iii. 9.

    Can they keep themselves in a perpetual contention with their ease, their reason, and their God, and not endure a short combat with a sinful custom. Decay of Piety.

    The ancients made contention the principle that reigned in the chaos at first, and then love; the one to express the divisions, and the other the union of all parties in the middle and common bond. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Sons and brother at a strife!
    What is your quarrel? how began it first?
    ———— No quarrel, but a sweet contention. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Your own earnestness and contention to effect what you are about, will continually suggest to you several artifices. William Holder.

    This is an end, which, at first view, appears worthy our utmost contention to obtain. John Rogers.


  1. contention

    Contention refers to a disagreement, dispute or argument between two or more parties due to differences in opinion or interests. It can also refer to the assertion or claim made in a debate or argument.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contentionnoun

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

  2. Contentionnoun

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

  3. Contentionnoun

    vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal

  4. Contentionnoun

    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contention in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of contention in a Sentence

  1. Brian King:

    There’s also some other ingredients that have been identified — things like volatile organic compounds as well as ultrafine particulates, including heavy metals, and so the contention that these products emit a harmless water vapor is simply not true.

  2. Abraham Lincoln:

    Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.

  3. Adamo Macri:

    Suspicion and uneasiness gives an overall mysterious tone or even atonality to a piece, as in object in contention, something I always evaluate. Along with melancholy or disappointment, all of which are valid human emotions and sensitivities.”

  4. The American:

    It’s unusual for me to finish 23rd but things like this happen from time to time and I knew it would be hard for me to stay in contention after such a mistake.

  5. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul:

    If you're designated as someone who is not in contention, that is very disruptive to a campaign that is about three weeks out.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    A emanate
    B loom
    C affront
    D abash

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