Definition of contention in English:


Syllabification: con·ten·tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈtenCHən


  • 2An assertion, especially one maintained in argument: statistics bear out his contention that many runners are undertrained for this event
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    • I am not saying you do not have arguments against the contentions the applicant would wish to make.
    • But to this point, the administration has offered few direct answers to the particular contentions of the critics.
    • We say that if it is necessary, the second respondent in its argument has raised a contention.
    argument, claim, plea, submission, allegation, assertion, declaration; opinion, stand, position, view, belief, thesis, case


in contention

Having a good chance of success in a contest: he was in contention for the batting title in September
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  • I have a lot more confidence that, if I just play my game, I'll have a chance to be in contention on the weekend.
  • It was nice to get back there again and be in contention with a chance to win coming up the back nine on Sunday.
  • So players who did not turn up for training with the County team ruled themselves out of contention.
in competition, competing, contesting, contending, vying; striving, struggling


late Middle English: from Latin contentio(n-), from contendere 'strive with' (see contend).

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