contention

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From Middle English contencion, from Old French contencion, from Latin contentio, from contendere, past participle contentus (to contend); see contend.

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  • IPA(key): /kənˈtɛntʃən/

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contention (plural contentions)

  1. struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate
  2. 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.
    It is my contention that state lotteries are taxes on stupid people.
  3. (computing, telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.

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Noun[edit]

contention f (oblique plural contentions, nominative singular contention, nominative plural contentions)

  1. dispute; quarrel; disagreement

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