[ kuh n-flik-ting ]
/ kənˈflɪk tɪŋ /


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

Origin of conflicting

First recorded in 1600–10; conflict + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM conflicting

con·flict·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·flict·ing, adjectiveun·con·flict·ing, adjectiveun·con·flict·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for conflicting (2 of 2)

[ verb kuhn-flikt; noun kon-flikt ]
/ verb kənˈflɪkt; noun ˈkɒn flɪkt /

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.


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


synonym study for conflict

3. See fight. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for conflicting (1 of 2)

/ (kənˈflɪktɪŋ) /


clashing; contradictoryconflicting rumours

Derived forms of conflicting

conflictingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for conflicting (2 of 2)


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 conflicting

[ kŏnflĭkt′ ]


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