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contention

noun uk   /kənˈten.ʃən/ us  

contention noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[U] the disagreement that results from opposing arguments: There's a lot of contention about that issue - for every person firmly in favour, there's someone fiercely against it. The matter has been settled - it's no longer in contention.

contention noun (OPINION)

[C] formal an opinion expressed in an argument: [+ that] It is her contention that exercise is more important than diet if you want to lose weight.

contention noun (IN A COMPETITION)

be in/out of contention for sth to be able/not able to achieve or win something, especially in sport: This decisive defeat puts them out of contention for this year's championship finals.
(Definition of contention from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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