[kuh n-flik-ting]


being in conflict or disagreement; not compatible: conflicting viewpoints.

Origin of conflicting

First recorded in 1600–10; conflict + -ing2
Related formscon·flict·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·flict·ing, adjectiveun·con·flict·ing, adjectiveun·con·flict·ing·ly, adverb


[verb kuhn-flikt; noun kon-flikt]

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.


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.

Origin of conflict

1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) < Latin conflīctus a striking together, equivalent to conflīg(ere) to strike together, contend (con- con- + flīgere to strike) + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) < Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere, or by v. use of the noun
Related formscon·flic·tion, nouncon·flic·tive, con·flic·to·ry [kuhn-flik-tuh-ree] /kənˈflɪk tə ri/, adjectivenon·con·flic·tive, adjectivepre·con·flict, verb (used without object)pre·con·flict, nounself-con·flict, nounun·con·flic·tive, adjective

Synonyms for conflict

Synonym study

3. See fight.

Antonyms for conflict

4. accord. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conflicting

Contemporary Examples of conflicting

Historical Examples of conflicting

  • Later he involved himself in explanations that were both obscure and conflicting.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • What a storm of conflicting passions this must have roused in his soul!

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • His was the case of a dual personality of conflicting inheritance.

  • But is a man in harmony with himself when he is the subject of these conflicting influences?

  • It is difficult to harmonize all these conflicting elements.

British Dictionary definitions for conflicting



clashing; contradictoryconflicting rumours
Derived Formsconflictingly, adverb


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 Formsconfliction, nounconflictive or conflictory, adjective

Word Origin for conflict

C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike
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Word Origin and History for conflicting



early 15c., from Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere "to strike together, be in conflict," from com- "together" (see com-) + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). Related: Conflicted; conflicting.



early 15c., "armed encounter, battle," from Old French conflit and directly from Latin conflictus (see conflict (v.)). Meaning "struggle, quarrel" is from mid-15c. Psychological sense of "incompatible urges in one person" is from 1859 (hence conflicted, past participle adjective). Phrase conflict of interest was in use by 1743.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for conflicting




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