con·​flict·​ing | \ kən-ˈflik-tiŋ \

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 , -​ˌflik-​ \ adverb

Examples of conflicting in a Sentence

conflicting reports from the witnesses at the scene

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But there are still a lot of conflicting reports and unanswered questions out there. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Vanilla Ice and 500+ Other People Were Trapped on a Quarantined Plane Yesterday," 6 Sep. 2018 But one reason Apple and Qualcomm have conflicting interpretations of the ruling seems to be the slow pace of the legal process. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Qualcomm says a Chinese court has banned sales of older iPhones nationwide," 10 Dec. 2018 Court records indicate Kraig and his girlfriend provided authorities with conflicting stories about what about happened to the child. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Man gets 10 years for killing girlfriend's 2-year-old son," 1 Aug. 2018 Three decades later, survivors continue to work through conflicting feelings and agonizing memories of the nighttime crash after a pickup traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 in Carroll County hit the bus owned by Radcliff First Assembly of God. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Survivors still in agony over school bus crash that horrified a nation," 13 May 2018 Escott and Quante were talking about their conflicting feelings, and Escott said, jokingly, that someone should come up with a dictionary of these kinds of words. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bureau finds new words to describe precarious world," 10 May 2018 That could make sense of a lot of conflicting estimates. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "How leaky is natural gas production? One puzzle solved," 2 Nov. 2018 Khashoggi also wrote about the conflicting emotions of seeing his country finally allow women to drive, while simultaneously imprisoning many of the female activists, like Loujain al-Hathloul, who had worked to make the milestone possible. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, ""It Shouldn’t Be a Crime In This World to Speak Your Mind"," 17 Oct. 2018 The places where Thomas occasionally seems lost among other plotlines and conflicting agendas do reflect the character’s confusion in winding up in such a desolate place, with so many revelations that shake his worldview and threaten his life. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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