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English definition of “contention”

contention

noun  /kənˈten·ʃən/ us  

contention noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[U] disagreement resulting from opposing arguments: Their refusal to sign the treaty remains a source of contention between the two countries.

contention noun (OPINION)

[C] an opinion expressed in an argument: [+ that clause] It’s her contention that exercise is almost as important as diet if you want to lose weight.

contention noun (COMPETITION)

[U] the act of competing in order to win something or to achieve a position of leadership: The big names slowly dropped out of contention at the tournament.
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