The definition of contention is a struggle, dispute or something that someone argues about.
An example of contention is two people debating about abortion rights.
- the act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
- a statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
Origin of contentionMiddle English contencioun from Old French contention from Classical Latin contentio from past participle of contendere: see contend
in (or out of) contention
having a (or no) chance to win
- The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate: “Amid all the hand-wringing and contention about whether what the bees do is really 'language,' no one seems to question whether it's really 'dance'” ( Marlene Zuk ) See Synonyms at conflict.
- a. A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place.b. A condition in which winning a competition is possible: Six teams are in contention to win the gold medal.
- An assertion put forward in argument: It is my contention that they are lying.
Origin of contentionMiddle English contencioun from Old French contention from Latin contentiō contentiōn- from contentus past participle of contendere to contend ; see contend.
- struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate
- A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion of strife; a position taken or contended for.
- It is my contention that state lotteries are taxes on stupid people.
- (computing, telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.