Definition of contention in English:


Syllabification: con·ten·tion
Pronunciation: /kənˈten(t)SH(ə)n


1Heated disagreement: the captured territory was one of the main areas 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.
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


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


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

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