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Definition of contention noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    contention

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kənˈtenʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtenʃn//
     
    (formal) Anger
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] angry disagreement between people synonym dispute One area of contention is the availability of nursery care. a point of contention See related entries: Anger
  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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin contentio(n-), from contendere ‘strive with’, from con- ‘with’ + tendere ‘stretch, strive’.Extra examples Her main contention is that staff should get better training. The Comets were eliminated from play-off contention. The Jaguars are now out of contention. Their team is still in contention for the championship There is no contention between the two groups. There is no evidence to support her contention. There were three left in serious contention for the prize. Where to go on holiday is always a bone of contention in our family. It is our client’s contention that the fire was an accident. One area of contention is the availability of nursery places. Privatization of the health service remains a point of contention.Idioms a subject which causes disagreement and arguments between people See related entries: Anger
    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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