from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate. See Synonyms at discord.
- n. A striving to win in competition; rivalry: The teams met in fierce contention for first place.
- n. An assertion put forward in argument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate
- n. 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.
- n. Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
- n. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute.
- n. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
- n. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A violent effort to obtain something, or to resist physical force, whether an assault or bodily opposition; physical contest; struggle; strife.
- n. Strife in words or debate; wrangling; angry contest; quarrel; controversy; litigation.
- n. Strife or endeavor to excel; competition; emulation.
- n. Effort; struggle; vehement endeavor.
- n. That which is affirmed or contended for; an argument or a statement in support of a point or proposition; a main point in controversy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a point asserted as part of an argument
- n. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
- n. the act of competing as for profit or a prize
Middle English contencioun, from Old French contention, from Latin contentiō, contentiōn-, from contentus, past participle of contendere, to contend; see contend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English contencion, from Old French contencion, from Latin contentio, from contendere, past participle contentus ("to contend"); see contend. (Wiktionary)