1 opinion that sb expresses

Her main contention is that staff should get better training.


There is no evidence to support her contention.

dispute, reject
2 disagreement/competition between people
play-off, title (both AmE)

The Comets were eliminated from play-off contention.

contention between

There is no contention between the two groups.

an area of contention, a bone of contention, a point of contention, a source of contention

Where to spend Christmas is always a bone of contention in our family.

in contention (for sth)

There were three left in serious contention for the prize.

out of contention (for sth)

The Jaguars are now out of contention.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • contention — 1. (kon tan sion ; en poésie, de quatre syllabes) s. f. 1°   Effort qu on fait pour exécuter quelque chose, ou pour parvenir à quelque but. •   Il faut toujours faire contention, BOSSUET IV, Prof. 3. •   Ne croyez pas qu il faille se donner… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Contention — Con*ten tion, n. [F. contention, L. contentio. See {Contend}.] 1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife. [1913 Webster] I would my arms could match thee in contention. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Strife in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contention — may refer to: The main contention, in rhetoric, the main point being argued Resource contention, a general concept in communications and computing, is competition by users of a system for the facility at the same time: Contention… …   Wikipedia

  • contention — CONTENTION. s. f. Débat, dispute. Il y a matière à contention. C est une source de contention éternelle. Il est ennemi de toute contention. Il s émut, il y eut, il survint débat et contention entre tels et tels. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie aussi,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • contention — [kən ten′shən] n. [ME contencioun < OFr contention < L contentio < pp. of contendere: see CONTEND] 1. the act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc. 2. a statement or point that one argues for as true or… …   English World dictionary

  • contention — [n1] competition altercation, argument, battle, beef*, belligerency, bone of contention*, bone to pick*, combat, conflict, contest, controversy, difference, disaccord, discord, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, enmity, feuding,… …   New thesaurus

  • contention — ► NOUN 1) heated disagreement. 2) an assertion. ● in contention Cf. ↑in contention ORIGIN Latin, from contendere contend …   English terms dictionary

  • contention — late 14c., strife, from O.Fr. contention, from L. contentionem (nom. contentio), from content , pp. stem of contendere (see CONTEND (Cf. contend)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contention — I (argument) noun allegation, area of disagreement, argumentation, cause, conflict, contest, controversy, debate, discord, disputatio, disputation, dispute, disputed point, ground, issue, legal dispute, legal issue, plea, point, polemic,… …   Law dictionary

  • contention — dissension, difference, variance, strife, *discord, conflict Analogous words: *quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble: controversy, dispute, *argument: contending, fighting, warring (see CONTEND) Contrasted words: agreement, concurrence,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contention — Contention, Contentieux, voyez Contendre …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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