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Synonyms for contention
kənˈtɛn ʃəncon·tention

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  1. contentionnoun

    Synonyms:
    wrangling

  2. contentionnoun

    struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate

    Synonyms:
    wrangling

  3. contentionnoun

    A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion of strife; a position taken or contended for.

    It is my contention that state lotteries are taxes on stupid people.

    Synonyms:
    wrangling

  4. contentionnoun

    Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.

    Synonyms:
    wrangling

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contention

    A feud is enmity between families, clans, or parties, with acts of hostility mutually retaliated and avenged; feud is rarely used of individuals, never of nations. While all the other words of the group may refer to that which is transient, a feud is long-enduring, and often hereditary. Dissension is used of a number of persons, of a party or other organization. Bitterness is in feeling only; enmity and hostility involve will and purpose to oppose or injure. A quarrel is in word or act, or both, and is commonly slight and transient, as we speak of childish quarrels; contention and strife may be in word or deed; contest ordinarily involves some form of action. Contest is often used in a good sense, contention and strife very rarely so. Controversy is commonly in words; strife extends from verbal controversy to the contests of armies. Affray, brawl, and broil, like quarrel, are words of inferior dignity. An affray or broil may arise at a street corner; the affray always involves physical force; the brawl or broil may be confined to violent language.

    Synonyms:
    affray, animosity, bitterness, brawl, broil, contest, controversy, dispute, dissension, enmity, feud, fray, hostility, quarrel, strife

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentionnoun

    a point asserted as part of an argument

    Synonyms:
    contestation, arguing, disceptation, competition, disputation, rivalry, argument, tilt, controversy

  2. controversy, contention, contestation, disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguingnoun

    a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

    "they were involved in a violent argument"

    Synonyms:
    debate, disceptation, lean, list, rivalry, careen, inclination, sway, leaning, line, rock, argument, tilt, joust, controversy, competition, disputation, literary argument, contestation, line of reasoning, arguing, statement, argumentation, logical argument, public debate, parameter

  3. competition, contention, rivalrynoun

    the act of competing as for profit or a prize

    "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"

    Synonyms:
    rival, contestation, competitor, disceptation, competition, disputation, contender, rivalry, argument, arguing, challenger, contest, tilt, controversy

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contentionnoun

    Synonyms:
    strife, discord, dissension, wrangling, wrangle, quarrel, squabble, feud, rupture, falling out

  2. contentionnoun

    Synonyms:
    dispute, debate, bickering, altercation, controversy, logomachy, high words, war of words, strife of words

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. contentionnoun

    Synonyms:
    controversy, dissension, altercation, quarrel, dispute

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How to use contention in a sentence?

  1. Andrew Selee:

    I get the sense that the pendulum has shifted much more to trying to get the numbers down. At first, they were really concerned about separating themselves from the Donald Trump administration, i think they're really in contention on how to contain people from crossing the border. But they don't seem to have a lot of tools.

  2. Jordan Spieth:

    It was 75 percent you have to do The American world number two yourself ; and then 25 percent relying on my team, family, friends, and then mentors, messages I get from mentors, pretty much saying,' Hey, you've been in contention six out of the last eight majors, won a couple of them. Something like that, the wrong miss at the wrong time, is bound to happen at some point.' .

  3. Kyle Buchanan:

    Everybody has a different agenda for why they want to be in contention, whether it's shoring up someone's reputation or if you're a studio executive trying to lure more people to work with you because you've proven that you can create something that is recognized by the pinnacle of this industry.

  4. Caeleb Dressel:

    I’ve never been a fan of favorites, it’s going to be a really fun race. Really looking forward to it. I mean, there’s quite honestly eight guys in contention, so it’s going to be exciting for everyone to watch. You guys (in the media) should be jealous I get to take part in it.

  5. Jordan Spieth:

    That just took some guts, and having been in this scenario, or having been in contention enough, having been on tour for a few years, I felt comfortable enough playing that full flop. If you caught me a year-and-a-half ago, I probably never would have played that shot in that scenario.


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