to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash: The account of one eyewitness conflicted with that of the other. My class conflicts with my going to the concert.
to fight or contend; do battle.
a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.
discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.
a striking together; collision.
incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule.
Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
- con·flic·tion, noun
- con·flic·tive, con·flic·to·ry [kuhn-flik-tuh-ree], /kənˈflɪk tə ri/, adjective
- non·con·flic·tive, adjective
- pre·con·flict, verb (used without object)
- pre·con·flict, noun
- self-con·flict, noun
- un·con·flic·tive, adjective
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How to use conflict in a sentence
In immigration court, she claimed that she feared returning to Cameroon, a place that she has never called home, and where there is ongoing conflict between the state and anglophone separatists.A woman in ICE detention says her fallopian tube was removed without her consent | Nicole Narea | September 17, 2020 | Vox
Justice has repeatedly said his role as governor poses no conflict, and he wants nothing from the state for his businesses or his family.This Billionaire Governor’s Coal Company Might Get a Big Break From His Own Regulators | by Ken Ward Jr. | September 17, 2020 | ProPublica
But, Liebman said, the logic that supported withholding documents doesn’t apply to the current fight because this one centers on allegations of conflicts of interest.“Cover Up”: House Democrats Subpoena Documents That NLRB Refused to Share in Ethics Investigation | by Ian MacDougall | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
A conflict over which electors should count would only exacerbate those concerns.
That does not necessarily suggest that Russia plans to expand or accelerate attacks, but it may indicate that the Kremlin sees the current intensive confrontation … as a prelude to an inevitable conflict.Spy Wars: The Hidden Foe America Must Defeat to Save Its Democracy | Charu Kasturi | September 13, 2020 | Ozy
In the middle of all of that past suffering and present-day conflict, this Cosby bomb was dropped.
Their claims have led to both academic controversy and localized conflict.
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead | Dean Obeidallah | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
World War II is still a long way off, but the seeds of conflict are already being sown on the continent.
So here we are with Abbas being the only one of three parties to this conflict still fighting for a two-state solution.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead | Dean Obeidallah | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He must trust to his human merits, and not miracles, for his Sonship is of no value in this conflict.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
The conflict in Tom's puzzled heart sharpened that evening into dreadful edges that cut him mercilessly whichever way he turned.
In her he felt again, more distinctly than before, another person—division, conflict.
The conflict of these certainties left hopeless disorder in every corner of his being.
Battle of Surcoign; British defeated by the French after a sanguinary conflict.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for conflict
a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
psychol opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible wishes or drives, sometimes leading to a state of emotional tension and thought to be responsible for neuroses
to come into opposition; clash
- confliction, noun
- conflictive or conflictory, adjective
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