Definition of contention noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    contention

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//kənˈtɛnʃn//
     
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  1. 1 [uncountable] angry disagreement between people synonym dispute One area of contention is the availability of daycare. a point of contention
  2. 2[countable] contention (that…) a belief or an opinion that you express, especially in an argument It is our client's contention that the fire was an accident. I would reject that contention.
  3. Idioms
    a bone of contention
     
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    a subject that causes disagreement and arguments between people
    in contention (for something)
     
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    with a chance of winning something Only three teams are now in contention for the title.
    out of contention (for something)
     
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    without a chance of winning something
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