con·​flict·​ing kən-ˈflik-tiŋ How to pronounce conflicting (audio)
: being in conflict, collision, or opposition : incompatible
conflicting theories
conflictingly adverb

Examples of conflicting in a Sentence

conflicting reports from the witnesses at the scene
Recent Examples on the Web But one of the guests, an old friend of the football star, later confessed to conflicting emotions. Susan Schindehette, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 The court was asked to consider two conflicting laws, the 1864 ban and a 2022 law that limited abortions to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, and ruled that the 1864 ban prevailed. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2024 Opening arguments Tuesday laid out conflicting views about the roles Brian Lightfoot and Jeremy White played in a heated protest in the San Diego neighborhood of Pacific Beach on Jan. 9, 2021, three days after the Capitol insurrection. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 The two decisions issued Monday offer a snapshot into the conflicting political forces in Florida and across the nation since the fall of Roe v. Wade in 2022. Beth Reinhard, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 These two seemingly conflicting archetypal pulls—the desire for perfection and also peace—can find harmony when combined on a trip that’s equal parts organized and wellness-oriented. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 Airdrops have killed people waiting for life-sustaining supplies, trucks have been held up or turned away at the only two entry points, and people have been killed by Israeli gunfire or in stampedes — with conflicting versions of what happened following each time — at distribution points. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 The Hart family deaths caused conflicting emotions Zippy Lomax, a friend of the Hart family, couldn't believe that Jennifer and Sarah would take their children's lives on purpose. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Lawsuit follows similar cases in Mukwonago, Kenosha Federal judges have made conflicting rulings on policies prohibiting trans students from using bathrooms aligned with their gender. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History


from present participle of conflict entry 2

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conflicting was in 1592

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“Conflicting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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