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 conflictingly (audio) , -​ˌflik-​ \ adverb

Examples of conflicting in a Sentence

conflicting reports from the witnesses at the scene
Recent Examples on the Web The people who work the land have expressed conflicting feelings about the deforestation. New York Times, "‘The Amazon Is Completely Lawless’: The Rainforest After Bolsonaro’s First Year," 5 Dec. 2019 Financial markets have swung between elation and gloom in recent days as conflicting reports over the talks swirled. CBS News, "China says talks with U.S. over "phase one" trade deal remain on track," 21 Nov. 2019 Angelo said that communication with PG&E has been spotty, with conflicting reports and delays in updates coming from the utility since the weekend. Shwanika Narayan,, "No one in Mendocino County has had power since Saturday; ‘it’s terrible’," 29 Oct. 2019 But amidst conflicting reports of the fires' causes, including several conspiracy theories from Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, many are wondering: what's really happening? Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Amazon Fires: What’s Really Happening and How You Can Help," 22 Aug. 2019 It's been 10 years since Jackson died and his legacy, reinvigorated in the wake of his demise, is once again being challenged as fans and critics alike grapple with conflicting feelings about the late superstar. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "We may never resolve our conflicted feelings about Michael Jackson," 24 June 2019 On a business front, General Magic was doomed at least partially due to conflicting corporate interests. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed," 12 Aug. 2018 This is the truth of the conflicting feelings inside me. National Geographic, "In Jerusalem, whose history takes precedence?," 2 Dec. 2019 Markets have swung from euphoria to alarm as officials in Beijing and Washington offered conflicting opinions about the state of the negotiations over ending a tariff war between the two largest economies. Washington Post, "Stock prices surge on bullish talk on China-US trade deal," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Conflicting.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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