Simple Definition of contention
: 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
Examples of contention in a sentence
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
The issues behind the protest are the usual bones of collective-bargaining contention: pay increases, vacation time, union membership. —Louis Menand, New Yorker, 17 & 24 June 2002
Science, and academic scholarship in general, the contention these days goes, is too subjective. Some even allege it's entirely subjective, as is, they say, history. —Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 1996
All quotes from QDB.
That has been a source of contention for years.
He is in contention for the Olympic medal.
Origin and Etymology of contention
Middle English contencioun, from Anglo-French cuntenciun, from Latin contention-, contentio, from contendere
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of contention
CONTENTION Defined for Kids
Definition of contention for Students
1 : something that is argued <It's my contention that watching television is a waste of time.>
2 : anger and disagreement
3 : a state or situation of having a chance to win <She's in contention for the gold medal.>
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