- 1 [mass noun] Heated disagreement: the captured territory was the main area of contention between the two countriesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [count noun] An assertion, especially one maintained in argument: Freud’s contention that all dreams were wish fulfilmentMore example sentences
- 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.
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 contentionMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin contentio(n-), from contendere 'strive with' (see contend).