Meaning of “contention” in the English Dictionary

"contention" in English

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uk /kənˈten.ʃən/ us /kənˈten.ʃən/

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)

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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)