- 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.
Origin of contention
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- a struggling between opponents; competition
- dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention)
- a point asserted in argument
C14: from Latin contentiō exertion, from contendere to contend
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Word Origin and History for contentional
late 14c., "strife," from Old French contention, from Latin contentionem (nominative contentio), from content-, past participle stem of contendere (see contend).
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Idioms and Phrases with contentional
see bone of contention.
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