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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Global stocks have been whipsawed in recent sessions as investors grapple with conflicting signals from senior officials in the Trump administration on future trade policy between the world’s two biggest economies. Riva Gold, WSJ, "The Scariest Place for Investors in a Trade War," 26 June 2018 Trump has confused his allies in the House with conflicting signals about his preferences. Author: Peter Baker, Anchorage Daily News, "Voices in both parties call for halt to practice of separating families at border," 18 June 2018 Both Bolden’s presence and his portrayal are striking, stirring conflicting emotions in the viewer, who is, by turns, forced to consider the black man as beauty, as brute, as prize, and as broken. Maiysha Kai, The Root, "Father Comes Home from the Wars," 9 June 2018 These conflicting signals mean that its impossible to know whether the actual embassy move will spark widespread violence in neighboring countries. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "The controversial US Jerusalem embassy opening, explained," 14 May 2018 Argentina is in urgent discussions with the International Monetary Fund about a credit line to try to stop a rout of its currency while Turkey faces a crisis of confidence amid conflicting signals about its policy intentions. Rich Miller,, "Fed Finds Success at Home Spreads Pain Abroad as Markets Tighten," 14 May 2018 Over the weekend, several families said they were given conflicting information from hotels that said they weren’t informed of the extension. Cristela Guerra,, "Puerto Rican evacuees seek to have hotel stays extended," 3 July 2018 Police said there was conflicting information in Stura’s account of the kidnapping. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Cops found her tied to a car steering wheel. Then they found her boyfriend’s body, Arizona police say," 26 June 2018 Signs with conflicting information remained in the Triangle on Wednesday, said Ali Simmons, a street outreach worker with the Coalition for the Homeless. Tessa Weinberg,, "City departments set Friday as deadline for people to leave Lower Wacker homeless encampment," 13 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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