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[kuh n-ten-shuh n] /kənˈtɛn ʃən/
a struggling together in opposition; strife.
a striving in rivalry; competition; contest.
strife in debate; dispute; controversy.
a point contended for or affirmed in controversy.
Origin of contention
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
1. conflict, combat. 3. disagreement, dissension, debate, altercation.
3. agreement. Unabridged
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  • The cause of the four-limbed locomotion, however, is a bone of contention among the researchers.
  • The digital music doubters could be right with the contention that advertising revenue can't cover the costs of licensing music.
  • But how anthropoid primates originated has been a subject of frequent contention.
  • So the contention that you need today's electronic technology to teach or learn is vacuous on the face of it.
  • To the best of my knowledge, there is absolutely no evidence for this contention.
  • It goes to prove my contention that art should never be anything else.
  • It is not often that an intellectual contention is turned into a work of beauty in itself.
  • Yet it was merely a point of contention, not a big fight.
  • Yet recently, it has become a source of contention for several communities across the country.
  • Those two principles, distinction and proportionality, have been the main points of contention in the drone program.
British Dictionary definitions for contention


a struggling between opponents; competition
dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention)
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 contention

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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