AskDefine | Define contention

Dictionary Definition



1 a point asserted as part of an argument
2 a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument" [syn: controversy, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing]
3 the act of competing as for profit or a prize; "the teams were in fierce contention for first place" [syn: competition, rivalry] [ant: cooperation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kənˈtɛntʃən/


  1. struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate
  2. grievance, objection
    • It Is My Contention That State Lotteries Are Taxes On Stupid People.


struggle, contest, strife
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: خه‌بات
grievance, objection

Extensive Definition

Contention may refer to:
Contention may also refer to:
contention in French: Contention

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Discordia, Eris, altercation, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, apologetics, apologia, apology, argument, argumentation, argumentative, bellicose, belligerence, belligerent, bicker, bickering, blood feud, brawl, broil, bucking, captious, carping, casuistry, caviling, challenge, clash, clashing, collision, combative, conflict, confrontation, confrontment, contentious, contestation, contradiction, contraposition, contrariety, contrary, contrast, contravention, contraversion, controversial, controversy, counteraction, counterworking, crosscurrent, crossing, defense, denial, despitefulness, difference, disaccord, disaffinity, discord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, disputation, disputatious, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, embroilment, enmity, faultfinding, feud, fiery, fight, fliting, flyting, fracas, friction, froward, fuss, hassle, hasty, hate, hatred, head wind, hostility, hotheaded, hubbub, hurrah, imbroglio, impetuous, impugnation, impugnment, incompatibility, incompatibleness, inharmoniousness, inharmony, jangle, jar, litigation, litigious, logomachy, malevolence, malice, malignity, militant, mischief, negation, noncooperation, open conflict, open quarrel, opposing, opposition, opposure, oppugnation, paper war, passage of arms, peppery, perverse, polar opposition, polarity, polarization, polemic, polemical, polemics, posing against, pugnacious, quarrel, quarrelsome, quarrelsomeness, rebutment, rebuttal, refusal, rejection, repugnance, resistance, rhubarb, rub, rumpus, scrappy, set-to, sharp words, slanging match, snarl, spat, spite, spitefulness, squabble, standing against, strained relations, strife, tension, tiff, traversal, truculent, tussle, undercurrent, unharmoniousness, unpleasantness, variance, vendetta, verbal engagement, war of words, warlike, words, wrangle, wrangling
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