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

Synonym Discussion of CONTENTION

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism <a political party long racked by discord>. strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved <during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife>. conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires <the conflict of freedom and responsibility>. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <several points of contention about the new zoning law>. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <religious dissension threatened to split the colony>. variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest <cultural variances that work against a national identity>.

Rhymes with CONTENTION

CONTENTION Defined for Kids


noun con·ten·tion \kən-ˈten-chən\

Definition of CONTENTION for Kids

:  something that is argued <It's my contention that watching television is a waste of time.>
:  anger and disagreement
:  a state or situation of having a chance to win <She's in contention for the gold medal.>


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