[ kuhn-ten-shuhn ]
/ kənˈtɛn ʃən /
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.
Words nearby contention
Origin of contention
ANTONYMS FOR contention
OTHER WORDS FROM contentioncon·ten·tion·al, adjectivenon·con·ten·tion, nounpre·con·ten·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contentional
/ (kənˈtɛnʃən) /
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 contentional
see bone of contention.
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