Contention Definition

The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
Webster's New World
A striving to win in competition; rivalry.
The teams met in fierce contention for first place.
American Heritage
A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid.
Webster's New World
An assertion put forward in argument.
It is my contention that they are lying.
American Heritage
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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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Contention

  • in (or 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

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