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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 ?
The time elapsing between the hearing of the voices in contention and the breaking open of the room door, was variously stated by the witnesses.
They are puzzled, too, by the seeming impossibility of reconciling the voices heard in contention, with the facts that no one was discovered up stairs but the assassinated Mademoiselle L'Espanaye, and that there were no means of egress without the notice of the party ascending.
Murder, then, has been committed by some third party; and the voices of this third party were those heard in contention.
Besides, there were two voices heard in contention, and one of them was unquestionably the voice of a Frenchman.