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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 ?
That I suffered much in these contentions, that they filled me with unhappiness and remorse, and yet that I had a sustaining sense that it was required of me, in right and honour, to keep away from myself, with shame, the thought of turning to the dear girl in the withering of my hopes, from whom I had frivolously turned when they were bright and fresh - which consideration was at the root of every thought I had concerning her - is all equally true.
As strangers in the land, it is presumable that they wisely and honorably avoided entangling themselves in the political contentions involved with it.
Commercial republics, like ours, will never be disposed to waste themselves in ruinous contentions with each other.
I discerned that there would be contrasts between his inward and outward man; contentions, too; for I suspected his soul had more of will and ambition than his body had of fibre and muscle.
To put an end to these sordid and ruinous contentions, several of the principal merchants of Montreal entered into a partnership in the winter of 1783, which was augmented by amalgamation with a rival company in 1787.
I thought I could understand how such a nature as my guardian's, experienced in the world and forced to contemplate the miserable evasions and contentions of the family misfortune, found an immense relief in Mr.
When I heard this I prayed him on my knees that he would give me the use of his gown, which after many contentions he at last agreed to do, on my paying him three marks towards the regilding of the image of Laurence the martyr.
And that he had demonstrated one of the principal contentions of the army-and-navy adherents--that military training was necessary for the salvation of personal courage in the Pan-American race which for generations had had to face no dangers more grave than those incident to ordinary life in a highly civilized community, safeguarded by every means at the disposal of a perfectly organized and all-powerful government utilizing the best that advanced science could suggest.
While the Author cannot but feel the full force of the compliment thus conveyed to him, he ventures to suggest that these contentions may arise from the fact, that Mr.
To rush and seize upon this desk, which was ascended by three steps and held four boys, was the great object of ambition of the lower-fourthers; and the contentions for the occupation of it bred such disorder that at last the master forbade its use altogether.
It must be possible, if James is right in his main contentions, that roughly the same stuff, differently arranged, would not give rise to anything that could be called "experience.