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conflict

[v. kuh n-flikt; n. kon-flikt] /v. kənˈflɪkt; n. ˈkɒn flɪkt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash:
The account of one eyewitness conflicted with that of the other. My class conflicts with my going to the concert.
2.
to fight or contend; do battle.
noun
3.
a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
4.
controversy; quarrel:
conflicts between parties.
5.
discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles:
a conflict of ideas.
6.
a striking together; collision.
7.
incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another:
a conflict in the schedule.
8.
Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (noun) < Latin conflīctus a striking together, equivalent to conflīg(ere) to strike together, contend (con- con- + flīgere to strike) + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) < Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere, or by v. use of the noun
Related forms
confliction, noun
conflictive, conflictory
[kuh n-flik-tuh-ree] /kənˈflɪk tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonconflictive, adjective
preconflict, verb (used without object)
preconflict, noun
self-conflict, noun
unconflictive, adjective
Synonyms
1. collide, oppose. 3. encounter, siege. See fight. 5. contention, opposition.
Antonyms
4. accord.
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Examples for conflict
  • The results are surprisingly pleasing, given the potential for conflict among so many kinds of plants.
  • Ask where he or she gets diamonds and what the policy is on conflict diamonds.
  • The disturbing point for the future is that none of the underlying causes of conflict enumerated above has disappeared.
  • Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease.
  • Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease.
  • Thirteen years more of this conflict of ambitious personalities followed.
  • One thing stood out as odd and strangely in conflict with her position as a literature professor.
  • We also have a good chair, which keeps conflict to a minimum.
  • It demands a complexity in our thinking and politics about the overlap and conflict of social categories.
  • Now, some might say that one of the problems with soccer is the potential for unresolved conflict: the tie.
British Dictionary definitions for conflict

conflict

noun (ˈkɒnflɪkt)
1.
a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
2.
a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
3.
a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
4.
(psychol) opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible wishes or drives, sometimes leading to a state of emotional tension and thought to be responsible for neuroses
verb (intransitive) (kənˈflɪkt)
5.
to come into opposition; clash
6.
to fight
Derived Forms
confliction, noun
conflictive, conflictory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike
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Word Origin and History for conflict
v.

early 15c., from Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere "to strike together, be in conflict," from com- "together" (see com-) + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). Related: Conflicted; conflicting.

n.

early 15c., "armed encounter, battle," from Old French conflit and directly from Latin conflictus (see conflict (v.)). Meaning "struggle, quarrel" is from mid-15c. Psychological sense of "incompatible urges in one person" is from 1859 (hence conflicted, past participle adjective). Phrase conflict of interest was in use by 1743.

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conflict in Medicine

conflict con·flict (kŏn'flĭkt')
n.
A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies.

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