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Meaning of “contention” in the English Dictionary

"contention" in British English

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contentionnoun

uk   us   /kənˈten.ʃən/
  • contention noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[U] the ​disagreement that ​results from ​opposingarguments: There's a lot of contention about that ​issue - for every ​personfirmly in ​favour, there's someone ​fiercely against it. The ​issue has been ​settled - it's no ​longer in contention.
  • contention noun (IN A COMPETITION)

be in/out of contention for sth to be ​able/not ​able to ​achieve or ​win something, ​especially in ​sports: This ​loss puts them out of contention for the ​playoffs this ​year.
(Definition of contention from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contention" in American English

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contentionnoun

 us   /kənˈten·ʃən/
  • contention noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[U] disagreement resulting from ​opposingarguments: Their ​refusal to ​sign the ​treatyremains a ​source of contention between the two ​countries.
  • contention noun (OPINION)

[C] an ​opinionexpressed in an ​argument: [+ that clause] It’s her contention that ​exercise is ​almost as ​important as ​diet if you ​want to ​loseweight.
  • contention noun (COMPETITION)

[U] the ​act of ​competing in ​order to ​win something or to ​achieve a ​position of ​leadership: The ​bignamesslowlydropped out of contention at the ​tournament.
(Definition of contention from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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