Definition of Contention

1. Noun. A point asserted as part of an argument.

Generic synonyms: Assertion, Asseveration, Averment
Specialized synonyms: Submission
Derivative terms: Contend

2. Noun. A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement. "They were involved in a violent argument"

3. Noun. The act of competing as for profit or a prize. "The teams were in fierce contention for first place"
Exact synonyms: Competition, Rivalry
Generic synonyms: Group Action
Specialized synonyms: Contest
Derivative terms: Compete, Contend, Rival
Antonyms: Cooperation

Definition of Contention

1. n. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.

Definition of Contention

1. Noun. struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate ¹

2. Noun. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion of strife; a position taken or contended for. ¹

3. Noun. (computing telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource. ¹

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Definition of Contention

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Contention

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1. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1906)
"To be considered war, the contention must be going on between States. ... It may, of course, happen that a contention arises between the armed forces of a ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"jury found in accordance with the landlord's contention as to the amount due. Error from Superior Court, DeKalb County; John B. Hutcheson, Judge. ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"... are favorable to the contention of the banks. [3] Since no clearly definite expression Is found In the record either that these pay- ments were or were ..."

4. Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel by William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel (1874)
"The contention and Henry VI, Part 2, in Fi; The True Tragedy, and Henry VI, Part 3, in Fi. The original Italian story by Luigi da Porto, 1530, ..."

5. Publications by Shakespeare Society (Great Britain) (1844)
"Remarks on the similarity of a passage in Marlowe a Edward II. and one in the First Part of the contention. Malone, in his Essay on the Chronological Order ..."

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