con·flict·ing | \ kən-ˈflik-tiŋ \

Definition of conflicting 

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

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conflictingly \kən-ˈflik-tiŋ-lē, -ˌflik- \ adverb

Examples of conflicting in a Sentence

conflicting reports from the witnesses at the scene

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But the holes in her story, and the conflicting testimony of witnesses, lead to her imprisonment nonetheless. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 The allegations come amid a complex situation in the area and many conflicting reports. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Iran-Backed Fighters Switch to Syrian Uniforms to Avoid Israeli Strikes, Rebels Say," 8 June 2018 However other officers gave conflicting reports regarding the number of suspects. Andy Nguyen,, "Suspect taken into custody following police chase ending near Glendale Galleria," 6 June 2018 His non-attendance at the wedding came after a series of conflicting reports. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Father Thomas Markle Speaks Out On The Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Global oil prices plunged and then swung back wildly on Tuesday, following a series of conflicting news reports prior to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. NBC News, "Why Trump nixing the Iran deal will likely make your gas pricier," 8 May 2018 While Khloé has yet to address the scandal directly, sources close to the new mom have offered conflicting reports of her plans in the wake of the scandal. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Step Out in Public for the First Time Since Cheating Scandal," 5 May 2018 Iranian media gave conflicting reports: One semiofficial news agency said there were no Iranians killed, while a second one said 18 were killed. Bassem Mroue,, "Missile strikes in Syria kill over a dozen, mostly Iranians," 30 Apr. 2018 Iranian media gave conflicting reports about the overnight incident amid speculation that it was carried out by neighboring Israel. Bassem Mroue,, "Syria monitors: Missile attack kills 26, mostly Iranians," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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