Definitions of contention

  1. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Contest; debate; quarrel; strife. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. A violent straining after any object: strife: debate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Strife; debate; emulation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act of contending; strife; conflict; dispute; a matter in controversy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Strife; a violent effort to obtain something; controversy; quarrel; conflict; competition; point contended for. See Contend. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for contention

  1. He watched his every move and was most intent in seeing just how the young man would prove his contention – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  2. She admitted his contention frankly. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason