An example of contention is two people debating about abortion rights.
It is my contention that state lotteries are taxes on stupid people.
The teams met in fierce contention for first place.
It is my contention that they are lying.
- Having a (or no) chance to win.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of contention
- Middle English contencioun from Old French contention from Latin contentiō contentiōn- from contentus past participle of contendere to contend contend
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition