Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict.
There was inevitable conflict over what to name the group.
They're having serious conflicts over the budget.
I don't see any conflicts between the theories.
You'll need to resolve the conflict between your parents' plans for you and your own ambitions.
In great wars—the American Civil War, the First and Second World Wars—the largest casualties are suffered just before the conflicts end. —Steve Forbes, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2009
At a moment when the country was still in the throes of the conflict over Vietnam, it was refreshing to see the best of America. —Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
The basic conflict in the novel is, of course, between the life on the river, where Huck finds innocence, brotherhood with man, and communion with nature, and life ashore, where, stage by stage, he discovers the corruption of society … —Robert Penn Warren, Democracy and Poetry, (1975) 1976
… for work-family conflicts to disappear, two rock-ribbed institutions must change: the whole concept of children's care, and the way the workplace works. —Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Family Politics, 1983
: to be different, opposed, or contradictory : to fail to be in agreement or accord <his statement conflicts with the facts>
— con·flic·tion\kən-ˈflik-shən, kän-\noun
— con·flic·tive\kən-ˈflik-tiv, ˈkän-ˌ\adjective
Examples of CONFLICT
Reports conflicted on how many people were involved.
<his statement conflicts with the facts, as given in the police report>
The expectations about motherhood as full-time job that this situation created conflicted with the philosophy of the women's movement of the l960's. —Anita Shreve, New York Times Magazine, 2l Nov. l982
Mr. van Wolferen says the U.S. must do more: It has to openly explain to Japan that it wants a managed-trade deal in order to end the bickering between the two nations, a move that would conflict with America's free-trade rhetoric. —David P. Hamilton, Wall Street Journal, 8 June 1995
Lily smiled faintly at the injunction to take her tea strong. It was the temptation she was always struggling to resist. Her craving for the keen stimulant was forever conflicting with that other craving for sleep … —Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, 1905
In psychology, a struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or demands. Interpersonal conflict represents such a struggle between two or more people, while internal conflict is a mental struggle. A child experiencing internal conflict, for example, may be dependent on his mother but fear her because she is rejecting and punitive. Conflicts that are not readily resolved may cause the person to suffer helplessness and anxiety. See alsolearned helplessness.