1) N-COUNT: usu poss N Someone's contention is the idea or opinion that they are expressing in an argument or discussion.

It is my contention that death and murder always lurk as potentials in violent relationships...

Sufficient research evidence exists to support this contention.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu n of N If something is a cause of contention, it is a cause of disagreement or argument.
See also bone of contention

They generally tried to avoid subjects of contention between them...

A particular source of contention are plans to privatise state-run companies.

3) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you are in contention in a contest, you have a chance of winning it.

He was in contention for a place in the European championship squad.

English dictionary. 2008.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • contention — 1. (kon tan sion ; en poésie, de quatre syllabes) s. f. 1°   Effort qu on fait pour exécuter quelque chose, ou pour parvenir à quelque but. •   Il faut toujours faire contention, BOSSUET IV, Prof. 3. •   Ne croyez pas qu il faille se donner… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Contention — Con*ten tion, n. [F. contention, L. contentio. See {Contend}.] 1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife. [1913 Webster] I would my arms could match thee in contention. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Strife in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contention — may refer to: The main contention, in rhetoric, the main point being argued Resource contention, a general concept in communications and computing, is competition by users of a system for the facility at the same time: Contention… …   Wikipedia

  • contention — CONTENTION. s. f. Débat, dispute. Il y a matière à contention. C est une source de contention éternelle. Il est ennemi de toute contention. Il s émut, il y eut, il survint débat et contention entre tels et tels. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie aussi,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • contention — [kən ten′shən] n. [ME contencioun < OFr contention < L contentio < pp. of contendere: see CONTEND] 1. the act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc. 2. a statement or point that one argues for as true or… …   English World dictionary

  • contention — [n1] competition altercation, argument, battle, beef*, belligerency, bone of contention*, bone to pick*, combat, conflict, contest, controversy, difference, disaccord, discord, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, enmity, feuding,… …   New thesaurus

  • contention — ► NOUN 1) heated disagreement. 2) an assertion. ● in contention Cf. ↑in contention ORIGIN Latin, from contendere contend …   English terms dictionary

  • contention — late 14c., strife, from O.Fr. contention, from L. contentionem (nom. contentio), from content , pp. stem of contendere (see CONTEND (Cf. contend)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contention — I (argument) noun allegation, area of disagreement, argumentation, cause, conflict, contest, controversy, debate, discord, disputatio, disputation, dispute, disputed point, ground, issue, legal dispute, legal issue, plea, point, polemic,… …   Law dictionary

  • contention — dissension, difference, variance, strife, *discord, conflict Analogous words: *quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble: controversy, dispute, *argument: contending, fighting, warring (see CONTEND) Contrasted words: agreement, concurrence,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contention — Contention, Contentieux, voyez Contendre …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”