in conflict

Definition of in conflict

  1. 1 :  different in a way that prevents agreement They're in conflict over which car to buy. —usually + with The law is in conflict with the state's constitution. Her ideas were in direct conflict with those of her professor.

  2. 2 :  in a struggle for power, property, etc. The two clans were in constant conflict (with one another).

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  fight, battle, war

    :  competitive or opposing action of incompatibles :  antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons)

    :  mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands

  1. :  to contend in warfare

    :  to be different, opposed, or contradictory :  to fail to be in agreement or accord

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