- 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. See Synonyms at conflict.
- A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place.
- 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.