From Middle English contencion, borrowed from Old French contencion, from Latin contentio, contentionem, from contendō (past participle contentus); equivalent to contend + -tion (similar formation to attention).
contention (countable and uncountable, plural contentions)
- Argument, contest, debate, strife, struggle.
- 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.
- (computing, telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.
- (computing) resource contention
Related terms of contention
contest, strife, struggle
point maintained in an argument
- contention on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “contention”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “contention”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
Borrowed from Latin contentio, contentionem. Cf. the inherited form contençon, and see also tençon.
contention f (oblique plural contentions, nominative singular contention, nominative plural contentions)
- English: contention
- French: contention