Conflict definition

kŏnflĭkt
To be in or come into opposition; differ.
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(archaic) To engage in warfare.
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(obs.) To fight; battle; contend.
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(psychology) An emotional or mental disturbance resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.
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To be antagonistic, incompatible, or contradictory; be in opposition; clash.

Ideas that conflict.

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Emotional disturbance resulting from a clash of opposing impulses or from an inability to reconcile impulses with realistic or moral considerations.
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To be in or come into opposition; differ.
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A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war.
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Sharp disagreement or opposition, as of interests or ideas; clash.
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(rare) Collision of moving bodies.
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Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
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Conflict means to clash with someone or something.

An example of conflict is to disagree with someone over opposite opinions.

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(intransitive, with ‘with’) To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible.
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(intransitive, with ‘with’) To overlap (with), as in a schedule.

Your conference call conflicts with my older one: please reschedule.

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A state of disagreement or disharmony between persons or ideas; a clash.

A conflict over water rights.

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The definition of a conflict is a fight or disagreement.

An example of conflict is an argument over parenting styles.

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An incompatibility, as of two things that cannot be simultaneously fulfilled.

I wanted to attend the meeting but there's a conflict in my schedule that day.

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A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
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A clash or disagreement, often violent, between two opposing groups or individuals.

The conflict between the government and the rebels began three years ago.

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(psychology) An emotional or mental disturbance resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
conflict
Plural:
conflicts

Origin of conflict

  • Middle English from Latin cōnflīctus collision from past participle of cōnflīgere to strike together com- com- flīgere to strike

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere (“to strike together”), from com- (“together”) (a form of con-) + fligere (“to strike”)

    From Wiktionary