What does contention mean?

Definitions for contentionkənˈtɛn ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word contention.

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. 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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. English Proverb:

    Spread the table and contention will cease.

  2. John Ulczycki:

    It was a real bone of contention, they weren't happy about it, but they all survived.

  3. Abraham Lincoln:

    No man resolved to make the most of himself has time to waste on personal contention.

  4. Jordan Spieth:

    That was a big back nine to climb back into contention. I was very pleased with that run there.

  5. Lawana Blackwell:

    If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it.

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