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[v. kuh n-flikt; n. kon-flikt] /v. kənˈflɪkt; n. ˈkɒn flɪkt/
verb (used without object)
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.
to fight or contend; do battle.
a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
controversy; quarrel:
conflicts between parties.
discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles:
a conflict of ideas.
a striking together; collision.
incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another:
a conflict in the schedule.
Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
late Middle English
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),
nonconflictive, adjective
preconflict, verb (used without object)
preconflict, noun
self-conflict, noun
unconflictive, adjective
1. collide, oppose. 3. encounter, siege. See fight. 5. contention, opposition.
4. accord. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conflicts
  • The enemy was worsted in successive conflicts, and at last shut himself up in his principal city.
  • But projection is not specially created for the purpose of defense, it also comes into being where there are no conflicts.
  • The morbid process in paranoia actually uses the mechanism of projection to solve such conflicts which arise in the psychic life.
  • His neurotic conflicts, however, had become manifest a few months before this misfortune.
  • We should be skeptical about financial conflicts of interest when it comes to science and medicine.
  • It's a show about two people who have built-in personal conflicts.
  • For other people, it's not the work itself that conflicts with personal needs, but the environment in which they work.
  • Hornets' use of practice center complicated by conflicts.
  • College governing boards are getting some straight talk about conflicts of interest from their own membership group.
  • And when you run into conflicts, don't hesitate to ask for advice.
British Dictionary definitions for conflicts


noun (ˈkɒnflɪkt)
a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
(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)
to come into opposition; clash
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 conflicts



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.


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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conflicts in Medicine

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

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