noun con·ten·tion \kən-ˈten(t)-shən\

: something (such as a belief, opinion, or idea) that is argued or stated

: anger and disagreement

: a situation in which you have a chance to win something that you are trying to win

Full Definition of CONTENTION

:  an act or instance of contending
:  a point advanced or maintained in a debate or argument

Examples of CONTENTION

  1. That has been a source of contention for years.
  2. He is in contention for the Olympic medal.
  3. Tiger Woods splashed his way into contention in the New Zealand Open … shooting a four under par to close within six strokes of the lead. —New York Times, 13 Jan. 2002


Middle English contencioun, from Anglo-French cuntenciun, from Latin contention-, contentio, from contendere
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CONTENTION


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