Definition of contention
- He has taken himself out of contention for the directorship.
- It is his contention that allowing a casino to be built would not be in the best interests of the city.
That has been a source of contention for years.
He is in contention for the Olympic medal.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: something (such as a belief, opinion, or idea) that is argued or stated
: anger and disagreement
: a situation in which you have a chance to win something that you are trying to win
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