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
- All quotes from QDB.
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 Kings have the NBA's sixth-worst record at 22-47 and have been eliminated from playoff contention.
Woods tied for second Sunday at the Valspar Championship; his contention generated the highest television ratings for a non-major in five years.
Furthermore, Portland remains in contention for the U.S. Division and Western Conference title, sitting four points back of Everett with three games to play.
The gray line between friendship, fandom and intrusion The nature of the relationship between Pastner, Bell and Pendley is critical to understanding their contentions.
His contention is that Qualcomm’s business model needs fixing.
The five cinematographers up for the top prize at the 32nd ASC Awards on Saturday are also in contention for the cinematography Oscar next month.
The other schools in contention for his services include Baylor, Ole Miss and Georgia.
Walker, a first-time All-Star last season, could be in contention for that spot.
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Origin and Etymology of contention
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
ball game, battle, combat, competition, conflict, confrontation, contest, dogfight, duel, face-off, grapple, match, rivalry, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), tug-of-war, war, warfare;
Synonym Discussion of contention
- a political party long racked by discord
- during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife
- the conflict of freedom and responsibility
- several points of contention about the new zoning law
- religious dissension threatened to split the colony
- cultural variances that work against a national identity
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
- It's my contention that watching television is a waste of time.
- She's in contention for the gold medal.
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