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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English contencion, borrowed from Old French contencion, from Latin contentio, contentionem, from contendō (past participle contentus); see contend.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kənˈtɛnʃən/
  • Hyphenation: con‧ten‧tion

NounEdit

contention (countable and uncountable, plural contentions)

  1. argument, contest, debate, strife, struggle
  2. 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.
  3. (computing, telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin contentio, contentionem. Cf. the inherited form contençon, and see also tençon.

NounEdit

contention f (oblique plural contentions, nominative singular contention, nominative plural contentions)

  1. dispute; quarrel; disagreement

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