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CONTENTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contention mean? 

CONTENTION (noun)
  The noun CONTENTION has 3 senses:

1. a point asserted as part of an argument
2. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
3. the act of competing as for profit or a prize

  Familiarity information: CONTENTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTENTION (noun)


Sense 1contention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A point asserted as part of an argument

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("contention" is a kind of...):

assertion; asseveration; averment (a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contention"):

submission ((law) a contention presented by a lawyer to a judge or jury as part of the case he is arguing)


Sense 2contention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

arguing; disceptation; contestation; controversy; disputation; contention; argument; tilt

Context example:

they were involved in a violent argument

Hypernyms ("contention" is a kind of...):

conflict; difference; difference of opinion; dispute (a disagreement or argument about something important)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contention"):

argle-bargle; argy-bargy (a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument)

firestorm (an outburst of controversy)

sparring (an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage)

polemic (a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma))

fight (an intense verbal dispute)


Sense 3contention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of competing as for profit or a prize

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

rivalry; competition; contention

Context example:

the teams were in fierce contention for first place

Hypernyms ("contention" is a kind of...):

group action (action taken by a group of people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contention"):

contest (a struggle between rivals)


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