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"contention" in British English

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contentionnoun

uk   /kənˈten.ʃən/  us   /kənˈten.ʃən/
(Definition of contention from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contentionnoun

 us   /kənˈten·ʃən/
  • 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.
(Definition of contention from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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