- a struggling together in opposition; strife.
- a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.
- strife in debate; dispute; controversy.
- a point contended for or affirmed in controversy.
Origin of contention
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Examples from the Web for contention
But that was so yesterday, much like his contention that he lacked the power to unilaterally confer amnesty.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
November 24, 2014
Koch had girded himself for at least a year of contention before his research would be accepted.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’
April 16, 2014
So even back then, this was an obvious point of concern and contention.
To support his position, Governor Snyder presented a study purporting to prove the contention.Judges Now Recognize Anti-Gay Marriage Laws Are Irrational
Geoffrey R. Stone
April 3, 2014
The credibility of that contention would depend on exactly what Wildstein told Christie and how he phrased it.Christie, Not Quite Dead Yet
March 27, 2014
Passages taken at haphazard will suffice to establish my contention.The Man Shakespeare
Just what the ratio of the curve should be is a matter of contention.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Then I wish that bone of contention was from between the two churches.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Let me take one example which may mark out the outline of the contention.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Then began a contention the most vehement that ever I had with woman.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- a struggling between opponents; competition
- dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention)
- a point asserted in argument
Word Origin and History for contention
late 14c., "strife," from Old French contention, from Latin contentionem (nominative contentio), from content-, past participle stem of contendere (see contend).
Idioms and Phrases with contention
see bone of contention.