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conflict

[ verb kuhn-flikt; noun kon-flikt ]
/ verb kənˈflɪkt; noun ˈkɒn flɪkt /
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verb (used without object)

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.

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Origin of conflict

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English (noun), from Latin conflīctus “a striking together,” equivalent to conflīg(ere) “to strike together, contend” (con- con- + flīgere “to strike”) + -tus suffix of verb action; (verb) from Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere, or by verb use of the noun

synonym study for conflict

3. See fight.

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British Dictionary definitions for conflict

conflict

noun (ˈkɒnflɪkt)

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

verb (kənˈflɪkt) (intr)

to come into opposition; clash
to fight

Derived forms of conflict

confliction, nounconflictive or conflictory, adjective

Word Origin for conflict

C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike
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Medical definitions for conflict

conflict
[ kŏnflĭkt′ ]

n.

A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies.
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