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contention

[kuh n-ten-shuh n] /kənˈtɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
a struggling together in opposition; strife.
2.
a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.
3.
strife in debate; dispute; controversy.
4.
a point contended for or affirmed in controversy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin contentiōn- (stem of contentiō), equivalent to content(us), past participle of contendere to contend (con- con- + tentus, variant of tēnsus; see tense1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
contentional, adjective
noncontention, noun
precontention, noun
Synonyms
1. conflict, combat. 3. disagreement, dissension, debate, altercation.
Antonyms
3. agreement.
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  • Not to mention, the actual facts don't agree with your contentions.
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  • Two comments on the basic contentions of the report.
  • About the plain old facts here, there is as little room for rational dispute as with her previous phony contentions.
  • Experience will not give a sovereign answer to these warring contentions.
  • Even though none of the facts support your contentions.
  • Your arguments about those statistics are flawed, unless you have some other evidence to support your contentions.
  • And your whole post did not have a single bit of evidence to support any of your contentions.
British Dictionary definitions for contentions

contention

/kənˈtɛnʃən/
noun
1.
a struggling between opponents; competition
2.
dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention)
3.
a point asserted in argument
Word Origin
C14: from Latin contentiō exertion, from contendere to contend
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Word Origin and History for contentions

contention

n.

late 14c., "strife," from Old French contention, from Latin contentionem (nominative contentio), from content-, past participle stem of contendere (see contend).

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