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conflict

noun  us   /ˈkɑn·flɪkt/

conflict noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[C/U] an active disagreement, as between opposing opinions or needs: [C] Conflicts between parents and children become more frequent when the children become teenagers. [U] This technology may be in conflict with copyright law. [C/U] A conflict is also fighting between two or more countries or groups of people: [C] Negotiations with both sides have not yet led to a resolution of the conflict.

conflict noun (STRUGGLE)

 /ˈkɑn·flɪkt/ [U] literature the forces that oppose each other to create the plot in a story, book, or filmexternal conflict External conflict is a struggle between characters or between characters and nature or society.internal conflict Characters' struggles to change or understand themselves is internal conflict.
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