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. the act of competing as for profit or a prize; "the teams were in fierce contention for first place" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a point asserted as part of an argument Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. Contest; debate; quarrel; strife. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A violent straining after any object: strife: debate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Strife; debate; emulation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Strife; violent struggle or effort to obtain something; quarrel; strife in words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Strife, dispute, controversy; emulation; point contended for in argument. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. [Latin] Strife; —a violent effort to obtain something, or to resist a person, claim or injury; —contest in words; controversy; debate. Cabinet Dictionary
  16. Strife, debate, contest ; emulation, endeavour to excel. Complete Dictionary