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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Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission blasted the school district Tuesday for secrecy and conflicting statements regarding Promise, a program that provides alternatives to arrests for students who commit misdemeanors. Megan O'matz,, "MSD Commission slams Broward schools on Promise stonewalling," 4 June 2019 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is putting new attention on potential security threats from China, a challenge for an alliance whose members have conflicting attitudes about Beijing. James Marson, WSJ, "China Threat Rises to NATO’s Agenda," 2 Apr. 2019 The insiders add that Emma Stone is unable to film Little Women due to conflicting schedules surrounding her involvement with the November 2018 film, The Favourite. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson Joins Cast of Greta Gerwig's "Little Women"," 25 Aug. 2018 Investors puzzling over conflicting signals about the health of the global economy that sent markets sliding in recent trading will get a new set of clues this week in the form of key economic data from the U.S. and other wealthy nations. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Stock Market Rally Trips on Global Growth Fears," 24 Mar. 2019 The village of Abu Dis was seen then by some as an elegant solution to the conflicting Israeli and Palestinian claims on Jerusalem. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Unfinished Palestinian parliament a grim symbol," 6 July 2018 Boeing came up with the 727 to meet conflicting airline requirements. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "The First Boeing 727 Flies Again—For 12 Minutes," 26 Feb. 2016 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

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First Known Use of conflicting

1592, in the meaning defined above

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