contention - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “contention”

See all translations

contention

noun uk   us   /kənˈten.ʃən/

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)
What is the pronunciation of contention?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “contention” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

selfless

caring more for what other people need and want rather than for what you yourself need and want

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More