con·​flict·​ing | \ kən-ˈflik-tiŋ How to pronounce conflicting (audio) \

Definition of conflicting

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

Other Words from conflicting

conflictingly \ kən-​ˈflik-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce conflicting (audio) , -​ˌflik-​ \ adverb

Examples of conflicting in a Sentence

conflicting reports from the witnesses at the scene
Recent Examples on the Web Now a big part of my work revolves around helping people reconcile conflicting feelings about their cultural identities. Melissa Matthews, SELF, 22 June 2022 The city said the move is designed to save time and money — and to avoid potentially conflicting decisions. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2022 Belying its claims of de-escalation, Russia increased bomb and artillery attacks in Ukraine on Wednesday and sent conflicting signals about the prospects for peace, suggesting new tensions in the Kremlin hierarchy about the course of the war. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The Biden administration’s COVID-19 policies, particularly its conflicting guidance on quarantine, came under fire in a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Jennifer Haberkorn Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 The girl was taken to a hospital for a swollen lip, but neither were charged due to conflicting statements. cleveland, 13 Apr. 2022 While the two parties had conflicting stories, a witness did say the aggressive dog was unleashed. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Feb. 2022 In The Afterparty, Danner, whom Haddish invests with equal parts weariness and zeal, channels the upshot of the Rashomon-style narrative: the disorientation of looking for truth among conflicting stories. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 19 Feb. 2022 Applegate also acknowledged the conflicting feelings people may have been experiencing that day. al, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of conflicting

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conflicting

from present participle of conflict entry 2

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The first known use of conflicting was in 1592

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25 Jun 2022

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“Conflicting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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