Definition of contention
Examples of contention in a Sentence
Tiger Woods splashed his way into contention in the New Zealand Open … shooting a four under par to close within six strokes of the lead. —New York Times, 13 Jan. 2002
The issues behind the protest are the usual bones of collective-bargaining contention: pay increases, vacation time, union membership. —Louis Menand, New Yorker, 17 & 24 June 2002
Science, and academic scholarship in general, the contention these days goes, is too subjective. Some even allege it's entirely subjective, as is, they say, history. —Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, 1996
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That has been a source of contention for years.
He is in contention for the Olympic medal.
Recent Examples of contention from the Web
The territory has been a bone of contention ever since (see article).
And Britain is negotiating the terms of its exit with the EU—where the rights of British nationals living in the bloc and EU citizens living in Britain have become a major point of contention.
After getting swept by the Dodgers over the weekend, the Marlins fell even further out of contention, slipping to 10 games behind the Rockies in the National League wild-card standings entering Monday’s games.
Another alleged point of contention stems from Kushner’s enormous family wealth.
The cycle perpetuates and the image of Alabama is enhanced for kids who have never seen the Tide out of contention.
The sandwich is not without its controversy; the New England Today notes that the frozen lobster meat and McChicken bun are two points of contention for lobster roll purists.
Instead, Syria and President Bashar al-Assad became major points of contention.
The decision endorsed the Trump administration's contention that the president deserves greater deference from the courts on national security matters.
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Origin and Etymology of contention
Middle English contencioun, from Anglo-French cuntenciun, from Latin contention-, contentio, from contendere
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of contention
CONTENTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contention for English Language Learners
: 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
CONTENTION Defined for Kids
Definition of contention for Students
1 : something that is argued It's my contention that watching television is a waste of time.
2 : anger and disagreement
3 : a state or situation of having a chance to win She's in contention for the gold medal.
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