Simple past tense and past participle of contend.(verb)
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Use "contended" in a sentence
"That, I’ve long contended, is why it created wiggle-room in FISA."
"He said that the Arizona senator would continue what Obama contended were the failed policies of President Bush."
"Mitileni said the members who were said to be behind the idea contended that the decision of the ANC national executive committee to recall Mbeki was not well informed and that they were sympathising with him."