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Noun Contention has 3 senses


Contentionn. [F. contention, L. contentio. See Contend.].
  •  A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.  [1913 Webster]
    "I would my arms could match thee in contention."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.  [1913 Webster]
    "Contentions and strivings about the law."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.  [1913 Webster]
    "An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.  [1913 Webster]
    "All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined."  [1913 Webster]
    "This was my original contention, and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision."
Syn. -- Struggle; strife; contest; quarrel; combat; conflict; feud; litigation; controversy; dissension; variance; disagreement; debate; competition; emulation.


Contention, n.
1 a dispute or argument; rivalry.
2 a point contended for in an argument (it is my contention that you are wrong).

in contention competing, esp. with a good chance of success.
ME f. OF contention or L contentio (as contend)



Discordia, Eris, altercation, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, apologetics, apologia, apology, argument, argumentation, argumentative, bellicose, belligerence, belligerent, bicker, bickering, blood feud, brawl, broil, bucking, captious, carping, casuistry, caviling, challenge, clash, clashing, collision, combative, conflict, confrontation, confrontment, contentious, contestation, contradiction, contraposition, contrariety, contrary, contrast, contravention, contraversion, controversial, controversy, counteraction, counterworking, crosscurrent, crossing, defense, denial, despitefulness, difference, disaccord, disaffinity, discord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, disputation, disputatious, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, embroilment, enmity, faultfinding, feud, fiery, fight, fliting, flyting, fracas, friction, froward, fuss, hassle, hasty, hate, hatred, head wind, hostility, hotheaded, hubbub, hurrah, imbroglio, impetuous, impugnation, impugnment, incompatibility, incompatibleness, inharmoniousness, inharmony, jangle, jar, litigation, litigious, logomachy, malevolence, malice, malignity, militant, mischief, negation, noncooperation, open conflict, open quarrel, opposing, opposition, opposure, oppugnation, paper war, passage of arms, peppery, perverse, polar opposition, polarity, polarization, polemic, polemical, polemics, posing against, pugnacious, quarrel, quarrelsome, quarrelsomeness, rebutment, rebuttal, refusal, rejection, repugnance, resistance, rhubarb, rub, rumpus, scrappy, set-to, sharp words, slanging match, snarl, spat, spite, spitefulness, squabble, standing against, strained relations, strife, tension, tiff, traversal, truculent, tussle, undercurrent, unharmoniousness, unpleasantness, variance, vendetta, verbal engagement, war of words, warlike, words, wrangle, wrangling




N contention, strife, contest, contestation, struggle, belligerency, opposition, controversy, polemics, debate, war of words, logomachy, litigation, paper war, high words, sparring, competition, rivalry, corrivalry, corrivalship, agonism, concours, match, race, horse racing, heat, steeple chase, handicap, regatta, field day, sham fight, Derby day, turf, sporting, bullfight, tauromachy, gymkhana, boat race, torpids, wrestling, greco-roman wrestling, pugilism, boxing, fisticuffs, the manly art of self-defense, spar, mill, set-to, round, bout, event, prize fighting, quarterstaff, single stick, gladiatorship, gymnastics, jiujitsu, jujutsu, kooshti, sumo, athletics, athletic sports, games of skill, shindy, fracas, clash of arms, tussle, scuffle, broil, fray, affray, affrayment, velitation, colluctation, luctation, brabble, brigue, scramble, melee, scrimmage, stramash, bushfighting, free fight, stand up fight, hand to hand, running fight, conflict, skirmish, rencounter, encounter, rencontre, collision, affair, brush, fight, battle, battle royal, combat, action, engagement, joust, tournament, tilt, tilting, tournay, list, pitched battle, death struggle, struggle for life or death, life or death struggle, Armageddon, hard knocks, sharp contest, tug of war, naval engagement, naumachia, sea fight, duel, duello, single combat, monomachy, satisfaction, passage d'armes, passage of arms, affair of honor, triangular duel, hostile meeting, digladiation, deeds of arms, feats of arms, appeal to arms, pugnacity, combativeness, bone of contention, contending, together by the ears, at loggerheads, at war, at issue, competitive, rival, belligerent, contentious, combative, bellicose, unpeaceful, warlike, quarrelsome, pugnacious, pugilistic, gladiatorial, palestric, palestrical, a verbis ad verbera, a word and a blow, a very pretty quarrel as it stands, commune periculum concordiam parit, lis litem generat.


N reasoning ratiocination rationalism, dialectics, induction, generalization, discussion, comment, ventilation, inquiry, argumentation, controversy, debate, polemics, wrangling, contention, logomachy, disputation, disceptation, paper war, art of reasoning, logic, process of reasoning, train of reasoning, chain of reasoning, deduction, induction, abduction, synthesis, analysis, argument, case, plaidoyer, opening, lemma, proposition, terms, premises, postulate, data, starting point, principle, inference, prosyllogism, syllogism, enthymeme, sorites, dilemma, perilepsis, a priori reasoning, reductio ad absurdum, horns of a dilemma, argumentum ad hominem, comprehensive argument, empirema, epagoge, reasoner, logician, dialectician, disputant, controversialist, controvertist, wrangler, arguer, debater polemic, casuist, rationalist, scientist, eristic, logical sequence, good case, correct just reasoning, sound reasoning, valid reasoning, cogent reasoning, logical reasoning, forcible reasoning, persuasive reasoning, persuasory reasoning, consectary reasoning, conclusive, subtle reasoning, force of argument, strong point, strong argument, persuasive argument, arguments, reasons, pros and cons, reasoning, rationalistic, argumentative, controversial, dialectic, polemical, discursory, discursive, disputatious, Aristotelian, eristic, eristical, debatable, controvertible, logical, relevant, for, because, hence, whence, seeing that, since, sith, then thence so, for that reason, for this reason, for which reason, for as, inasmuch as, whereas, ex concesso, considering, in consideration of, therefore, wherefore, consequently, ergo, thus, accordingly, a fortiori, in conclusion, in fine, finally, after all, au bout du compt, on the whole, taking one thing with another, ab actu ad posse valet consecutio, per troppo dibatter la verita si perde, troppo disputare la verita fa errare.

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