- 1 [uncountable] angry disagreement between people synonym dispute One area of contention is the availability of daycare. a point of contention
- 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. Idioms
a subject that causes disagreement and arguments between people
a bone of contentionjump to other results
with a chance of winning something Only three teams are now in contention for the title.
in contention (for something)jump to other results
without a chance of winning something
out of contention (for something)jump to other results