contention

[ kuhn-ten-shuhn ]
/ kənˈtɛn ʃən /

noun

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.

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Origin of contention

1350–1400; Middle English (<Anglo-French ) <Latin contentiōn- (stem of contentiō), equivalent to content(us), past participle of contendere to contend (con-con- + tentus, variant of tēnsus;see tense1) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM contention

con·ten·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ten·tion, nounpre·con·ten·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contention

contention
/ (kənˈtɛnʃən) /

noun

a struggling between opponents; competition
dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention)
a point asserted in argument

Word Origin for contention

C14: from Latin contentiō exertion, from contendere to contend
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Idioms and Phrases with contention

contention

see bone of contention.

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