noun con·flict \ˈkän-ˌflikt\

: a struggle for power, property, etc.

: strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry argument

: a difference that prevents agreement : disagreement between ideas, feelings, etc.

Full Definition of CONFLICT

:  fight, battle, war <an armed conflict>
a :  competitive or opposing action of incompatibles :  antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons)
b :  mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands
:  the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction
con·flict·ful \ˈkän-ˌflikt-fəl\ adjective
con·flic·tu·al \kän-ˈflik-chə-wəl, kən-, -chəl, -shwəl, -chü-əl\ adjective

Examples of CONFLICT

  1. a conflict between two gangs
  2. recent violent conflict in the region
  3. Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict.
  4. There was inevitable conflict over what to name the group.
  5. They're having serious conflicts over the budget.
  6. I don't see any conflicts between the theories.
  7. You'll need to resolve the conflict between your parents' plans for you and your own ambitions.
  8. 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

Origin of CONFLICT

Middle English, from Latin conflictus act of striking together, from confligere to strike together, from com- + fligere to strike — more at profligate
First Known Use: 15th century


verb con·flict \kən-ˈflikt, ˈkän-ˌ\

: to be different in a way that prevents agreement : to say or express opposite things

: to happen at the same time as something else

Full Definition of CONFLICT

intransitive verb
archaic :  to contend in warfare
:  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

  1. Reports conflicted on how many people were involved.
  2. <his statement conflicts with the facts, as given in the police report>
  3. 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

Origin of CONFLICT

(see 1conflict)
First Known Use: 15th century


noun con·flict \ˈkän-ˌflikt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONFLICT

:  mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands
con·flict·ful \ˈkän-ˌflikt-fəl\ adjective
con·flict·less \ˈkän-ˌflik-tləs\ adjective
con·flic·tu·al \kän-ˈflik-ch(ə-w)əl, kən-\ adjective


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