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

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Rosenstein was the subject of numerous conflicting reports late Monday morning. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Meadows calls for Rosenstein to testify this week over 'wire' comments," 25 Sep. 2018 Brown has also asked Gov. Bill Haslam for clemency, but the state parole board made conflicting recommendations to the governor back in May. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Cyntoia Brown’s Life Sentence Brings Tennessee Sentencing Laws Under Scrutiny," 14 June 2018 Cancer clinicians have been hit with conflicting recommendations for prescribing long-term opioid therapy. Marie Mccullough,, "Opioid prescribing guidelines frustrate cancer doctors as well as their patients," 7 June 2018 Confusion and conflicting information, the inability of relatives to travel to Northern California and mistrust of the government may be contributing to the low number. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "‘We need hundreds’: Fire victims’ families urged to give DNA," 21 Nov. 2018 The late night host has appeared on several episodes of Last Man Standing, often sparking a variety of conflicting feelings amongst fans. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jay Leno's Controversial 'Last Man Standing' Character Is Coming Back," 7 Dec. 2018 There are so many websites that purport to be helpful, and so much conflicting advice about how to look and when to buy. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How to Snag the Cheapest Flights for Your Next Adventure," 6 Dec. 2018 Sometimes death creates conflicting feelings, especially in circumstances of a strained relationship. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Preparing for a loved one's death: Steps you can take to ease the pain," 16 Apr. 2018 Express your conflicting feelings toward the Indians. Jessica Oh, ajc, "Mom calls school assignment racist," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of conflicting

1592, in the meaning defined above

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31 Mar 2019

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The first known use of conflicting was in 1592

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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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