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con·ten·tion

 (kən-tĕn′shən)
n.
1. The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate: "Amid all the hand-wringing and contention about whether what the bees do is really 'language,' no one seems to question whether it's really 'dance'" (Marlene Zuk). See Synonyms at conflict.
2.
a. A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place.
b. A condition in which winning a competition is possible: Six teams are in contention to win the gold medal.
3. An assertion put forward in argument: It is my contention that they are lying.

[Middle English contencioun, from Old French contention, from Latin contentiō, contentiōn-, from contentus, past participle of contendere, to contend; see contend.]

contention

(kənˈtɛnʃən)
n
1. a struggling between opponents; competition
2. dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention)
3. (Rhetoric) a point asserted in argument
[C14: from Latin contentiō exertion, from contendere to contend]

con•ten•tion

(kənˈtɛn ʃən)

n.
1. a struggling together in opposition; strife; conflict.
2. a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.
3. strife in debate; dispute; controversy.
4. a point contended for or affirmed in controversy.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contentiō=conten(dere) to contend + -tiō -tion]
con•ten′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contention - a point asserted as part of an argument
assertion, asseveration, averment - a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
submission - (law) a contention presented by a lawyer to a judge or jury as part of the case he is arguing
2.contention - a contentious speech actcontention - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
difference of opinion, dispute, difference, conflict - a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
argle-bargle, argy-bargy - a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
firestorm - an outburst of controversy; "the incident triggered a political firestorm"
sparring - an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
polemic - a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
fight - an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"
3.contention - the act of competing as for profit or a prizecontention - the act of competing as for profit or a prize; "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"
group action - action taken by a group of people
contest - a struggle between rivals

contention

noun
1. assertion, claim, stand, idea, view, position, opinion, argument, belief, allegation, profession, declaration, thesis, affirmation Sufficient research evidence exists to support this contention.
2. dispute, hostility, disagreement, feuding, strife, wrangling, discord, enmity, dissension They generally tried to avoid subjects of contention between them.
in contention in competition, competing, contesting, in the running, in the hunt (informal) He was in contention for a place in the squad.

contention

noun
1. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:
Informal: hassle, rhubarb, tangle.
3. A hypothetical controversial proposition:
Translations
رَأي يُجادِل المَرْء في سَبيلِهنِزاع، جِدال
hádkasportvrzení
påstandstrid
deilastaîhæft álit
iddiaileri sürülen fikiritilâftartışma

contention

[kənˈtenʃən] N
1. (= strife) → discusión f; (= dissent) → disensión f
teams in contentionequipos rivales
2. (= point) → opinión f, argumento m
it is our contention thatpretendemos que ..., sostenemos que ...

contention

[kənˈtɛnʃən] n
(= disagreement) → dispute f, contestation f bone of contention
(= claim) → affirmation f, assertion f (= opinion) → avis m
(= competition) to be in contention for sth → être en compétition pour qch

contention

n
(= dispute)Streit m; contentionsStreitigkeiten pl; the matter in contentiondie strittige Angelegenheit; that is no longer in contentiondas steht nicht mehr zur Debatte
(= argument)Behauptung f; it is my contention that …ich behaupte, dass …
(in contest) to be in contention (for something)Chancen (→ auf etw (acc)) → haben

contention

[kənˈtɛnʃn] n (strife) → contesa, disputa (frm) (assertion) → tesi f inv
bone of contention → pomo della discordia

contend

(kənˈtend) verb
1. (usually with with) to struggle against.
2. (with that) to say or maintain (that).
conˈtender noun
a person who has entered a competition (for a title etc).
conˈtention noun
1. an opinion put forward.
2. argument; disagreement.
conˈtentious (-ʃəs) adjective
quarrelsome.
References in classic literature ?
I wish no contention of idle words with you, friend," said Heyward, curbing his dissatisfied manner, and speaking in a more gentle voice; "if you will tell me the distance to Fort Edward, and conduct me thither, your labor shall not go without its reward.
Then, recollecting the utter uselessness of contention with such a nature, she shut her lips resolutely, gathered herself up, and walked out of the room.
In the howling universe of passion and contention that seemed to encompass this grim old officer conspicuous in his grey coat and red decoration, there was but one quite steady figure, and that was a woman's.
The contention came, after all, to this; - the secret was such an old one now, had so grown into me and become a part of myself, that I could not tear it away.
Silas was impressed with the melancholy truth of this last remark; but his force of mind failed before the only two penal methods open to him, not only because it was painful to him to hurt Eppie, but because he trembled at a moment's contention with her, lest she should love him the less for it.
yet not for those Nor what the Potent Victor in his rage Can else inflict do I repent or change, Though chang'd in outward lustre; that fixt mind And high disdain, from sence of injur'd merit, That with the mightiest rais'd me to contend, And to the fierce contention brought along Innumerable force of Spirits arm'd That durst dislike his reign, and me preferring, His utmost power with adverse power oppos'd In dubious Battel on the Plains of Heav'n, And shook his throne.
If, then, a man should make this exception and contend that statements and opinions are capable of admitting contrary qualities, his contention is unsound.
She seemed to pray internally, and the contention of her soul was evident.
His contention is that racing, without time allowances for anything else but tonnage - that is, for size - has fostered the fine art of sailing to the pitch of perfection.
Have it your own way then; for I would not have this matter become a bone of contention between us.
Here you would see a parcel of children frolicking together the live-long day, and no quarrelling, no contention, among them.
By this time the cries had ceased; but, as the party rushed up the first flight of stairs, two or more rough voices in angry contention were distinguished and seemed to proceed from the upper part of the house.