Essential Meaning of conflict
1 : a struggle for power, property, etc. an armed conflict violent border conflicts See More Examplesa conflict between two gangs years of armed conflict [=battle] recent violent conflict in the region conflict between (forces of) good and evil
2 : strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry argument Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict. There was inevitable conflict over what to name the group. See More ExamplesThey're having serious conflicts over the budget. A few students are being trained to resolve conflicts [=arguments, disputes] between other students.
3 : a difference that prevents agreement : disagreement between ideas, feelings, etc. I don't see any conflicts between the theories. exploring the character's inner conflicts [=ideas, feelings, etc., that disagree with one another] You'll need to resolve the conflict between your parents' plans for you and your own ambitions.
Full Definition of conflict
(Entry 1 of 2)
2a : competitive or opposing action of incompatibles : antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons) a conflict of principles
b : mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands His conscience was in conflict with his duty.
3 : the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction The conflict in the play is between the king and the archbishop.
conflicted; conflicting; conflicts
Definition of conflict (Entry 2 of 2)
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