Definition of Conflict

1. Noun. An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals). "Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

2. Verb. Be in conflict. "The two proposals conflict!"
Generic synonyms: Contrast, Counterpoint
Specialized synonyms: Clash, Collide, Jar

3. Noun. Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings. "He was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
Generic synonyms: Ambivalence, Ambivalency

4. Verb. Go against, as of rules and laws. "This behavior conflicts with our rules"

5. Noun. A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war. "He lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
Exact synonyms: Battle, Engagement, Fight
Generic synonyms: Action, Military Action
Specialized synonyms: Armageddon, Pitched Battle, Naval Battle, Armed Combat, Combat, Dogfight, Assault
Group relationships: War, Warfare
Specialized synonyms: Battle Of Britain, Drogheda
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Battle, Engage, Fight

6. Noun. A state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests. "A conflict of loyalties"
Generic synonyms: State
Specialized synonyms: Clash, Friction, Clash, Disagreement, Dissension, Dissonance

7. Noun. An incompatibility of dates or events. "He noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
Generic synonyms: Incompatibility

8. Noun. Opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot). "This form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition

9. Noun. A disagreement or argument about something important. "The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"

Definition of Conflict

1. n. A striking or dashing together; violent collision; as, a conflict of elements or waves.

2. v. i. To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide.

Definition of Conflict

1. Noun. A clash or disagreement, often violent, between two opposing groups or individuals. ¹

2. Noun. An incompatibility, as of two things that cannot be simultaneously fulfilled. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive with ‘with’) To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive with ‘with’) To overlap (with), as in a schedule. ¹

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Definition of Conflict

1. to come into opposition [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Conflict

1. The internal individual struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, or external and internal demands. In group interactions, competitive or opposing action of incompatibles: antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons). (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Conflict

conflict (current term)
conflict of interest

Literary usage of Conflict

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1. A History of English Law by William Searle Holdsworth, John Burke (1903)
"(£) The conflict between the Court of Equity and the Courts of Common Law. When two separate and partially competing jurisdictions exist in one state, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"When Henry thereupon wished to attack Naples, the old conflict with the Church again broke out, but death suddenly ended his imperial dreams. ..."

3. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1916)
"A Treatise on the conflict of Laws. Vol. I.—Part I. By Joseph Henry Beale, Professor of Law in Harvard University. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, ..."

4. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1866)
"Kcal causes of conflict between the North and the South. ... How it was bound up in the conflict between State-rights and consolidation. ..."

5. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1903)
"But here we have again a condition of conflict, only now it is not a conflict between factors within the game, but between the whole matter of the game and ..."

6. Employers' Associations in the United States: A Study of Typical Associations by Clarence Elmore Bonnett (1922)
"So varied are the ramifications of the conflict that it vitally affects most ... The Evolution of the Industrial conflict is a phase of the development of ..."

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