Definition of contention in English:

contention

Line breaks: con|ten|tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛnʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] Heated disagreement: the captured territory was the main area of contention between the two countries
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  • Sea power's dominance, however, has been a point of contention among military historians.
  • Another area of much contention is the desired level of channel control sought by the manufacturer.
  • The basis for this contention among British doctors seems even more tenuous.
Synonyms
2 [count noun] An assertion, especially one maintained in argument: Freud’s contention that all dreams were wish fulfilment
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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.
Synonyms
argument, claim, plea, submission, allegation; opinion, stand, position, view, belief, thesis, hypothesis, case, postulation; declaration, assertion, affirmation, pronouncement, announcement, statement

Origin

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

Phrases

in (or out of) contention

Having (or not having) a good chance of success in a contest: three penalties kept the team firmly in contention Heather’s error in the race put her out of contention
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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.
Synonyms
in competition, competing, contesting, contending, challenging, vying; striving, struggling, tussling, grappling, battling, fighting, warring

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