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Definition of "contention" []

  • The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate. See Synonyms at discord. (noun)
  • A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place. (noun)
  • An assertion put forward in argument. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "contention" in a sentence
  • "Main contention is that ‘Art’: its creation and appreciation, are innate; that these activities are universally human, that they developed as part of a survival mechanism."
  • "Parker's main contention is that guest workers and illegal immigrants constitute distinct market segments, rather than close substitutes."
  • "It's not yet clear what the site will be called, but one name in contention is Shine."