Contention meaning

kən-tĕnshən
A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid.
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The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate.
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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.

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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.

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A striving to win in competition; rivalry.

The teams met in fierce contention for first place.

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An assertion put forward in argument.

It is my contention that they are lying.

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The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
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A condition that arises when two devices attempt to use a single resource at the same time. See contention resolution and CSMA/CD.
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(computing, telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.
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in (or out of) contention
  • Having a (or no) chance to win.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in (<i>or</i> out of) contention

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

  • From Middle English contencion, from Old French contencion, from Latin contentio, from contendere, past participle contentus (“to contend”); see contend.

    From Wiktionary