Definition of contention in English:
- 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.
- 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.
comes from Latin contendere ‘strive with’. Contender (mid 16th century) was originally a fighter rather than a competitor, a sense immortalized in I could have been a contender, spoken by Marlon Brando in the 1954 film On the Waterfront.
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.
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