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rival +‎ -ry


  • (US, UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪ.vəl.ɹi/
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rivalry (countable and uncountable, plural rivalries)

  1. An ongoing relationship between (usually two) rivals who compete for superiority.
    The Boston Bruins have a longstanding rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens.
    James and Polly have a bitter rivalry due to the latter's inclusion in the Tea Time Teaser.
  2. (economics) The characteristic of being a rivalrous good, such that it can be consumed or used by only one person at a time.
    • 2013 December 2 (last accessed), Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, at Johnstown, “Public Goods”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], archived from the original on 5 May 2015:
    Common goods are those which are rivalrous in consumption but non-excludable
  3. Any competition between two or more things or factors.
    Binocular rivalry is a visual phenomenon in which perception alternates between different images presented to each eye.

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