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contention (n.)

late 14c., contencioun, "strife, dissension, quarreling," from Old French contencion and directly from Latin contentionem (nominative contentio) "a vigorous struggling, a contest, a fight," noun of action from past-participle stem of contendere (see contend). Meaning "a violent effort to obtain something" is from 1570s; meaning "that which is contended for" is from 1630s.

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Definitions of contention from WordNet

contention (n.)
a point asserted as part of an argument;
contention (n.)
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement;
Synonyms: controversy / contestation / disputation / disceptation / tilt / argument / arguing
contention (n.)
the act of competing as for profit or a prize;
the teams were in fierce contention for first place
Synonyms: competition / rivalry
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