con·​flict·​ing | \ kən-ˈflik-tiŋ How to pronounce conflicting (audio) \

Definition of conflicting

: being in conflict, collision, or opposition : incompatible conflicting theories

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Other Words from conflicting

conflictingly \ kən-​ˈflik-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce conflicting (audio) , -​ˌflik-​ \ adverb

Examples of conflicting in a Sentence

conflicting reports from the witnesses at the scene
Recent Examples on the Web Machiavelli held that two pairs of opposite or conflicting forces interact to determine the course of political life and the success or failure of particular political leaders—that of Virtù and Fortuna, and that of equality and inequality. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Machiavellian Moments," 11 Feb. 2021 Two separate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies on the matter appeared to reach conflicting conclusions. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "San Francisco sues own school district to force reopening plan," 3 Feb. 2021 After speaking to both parties and hearing conflicting stories, police determined that each was a combatant. cleveland, "Day care workers scuffle, one is terminated: Lyndhurst police blotter," 13 Jan. 2021 But this particular comment collapsed a barrier in my brain, one that had held back conflicting, shameful thoughts about identity. New York Times, "The Many Lives of Steven Yeun," 3 Feb. 2021 Different assumptions about these processes give conflicting predictions, with no way to tell which ones might resemble reality., "Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide," 25 Jan. 2021 That’s because of all the conflicting guidance coming from forces above the district, Hinojosa said. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Hinojosa: Dallas ISD won’t go back to 100% virtual learning unless ordered," 14 Jan. 2021 The Ohio Department of Health’s website on Thursday showed two conflicting sources of information for coronavirus infections in schools cases, and the department did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Ohio Department of Health posts conflicting numbers for coronavirus infections in schools," 31 Dec. 2020 There's still some conflicting evidence about the precise date since many COVID symptoms resemble the flu, a fact that some politicians and media figures seized on to downplay the pandemic's urgency. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Timeline: From the first coronavirus cases to the first vaccinations," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of conflicting

1592, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conflicting was in 1592

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25 Feb 2021

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“Conflicting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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