contention Definition

  • 1heated disagreement
  • 2an assertion, especially one maintained in argument

Using contention: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "contention" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The issue has been a source of contention between the two countries for years.

  • Example

    There is some contention among experts about the cause of the disease.

  • Example

    Her contention is that the law is unfair and should be changed.

contention Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for contention

Idioms Using contention

  • strongly disputed or fought over


    The election was hotly contested, with both candidates receiving a similar number of votes.

  • not available for discussion or dispute


    The terms of the contract are not up for contention.

  • to make something a matter of dispute or competition


    The new evidence threw the verdict into contention.

Phrases with contention

  • beyond contention

    undeniable or indisputable


    It is beyond contention that climate change is happening.

  • in competition or dispute


    Several teams are still in contention for the championship.

  • in dispute or being argued about


    The ownership of the land is under contention.

Origins of contention

from Latin 'contentio', meaning 'exertion, striving'


Summary: contention in Brief

'Contention' [kənˈtɛnʃ(ə)n] refers to heated disagreement or an assertion maintained in argument. It can be used in phrases like 'beyond contention,' meaning undeniable, and 'in contention,' meaning in competition or dispute. Idioms include 'hotly contested,' meaning strongly disputed, and 'not up for contention,' meaning not available for discussion.