Contention

  • 1 contention — 1. (kon tan sion ; en poésie, de quatre syllabes) s. f. 1°   Effort qu on fait pour exécuter quelque chose, ou pour parvenir à quelque but. •   Il faut toujours faire contention, BOSSUET IV, Prof. 3. •   Ne croyez pas qu il faille se donner… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 2 Contention — Con*ten tion, n. [F. contention, L. contentio. See {Contend}.] 1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife. [1913 Webster] I would my arms could match thee in contention. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Strife in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Contention — may refer to: The main contention, in rhetoric, the main point being argued Resource contention, a general concept in communications and computing, is competition by users of a system for the facility at the same time: Contention… …

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  • 4 contention — CONTENTION. s. f. Débat, dispute. Il y a matière à contention. C est une source de contention éternelle. Il est ennemi de toute contention. Il s émut, il y eut, il survint débat et contention entre tels et tels. [b]f♛/b] Il signifie aussi,… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 5 contention — [kən ten′shən] n. [ME contencioun < OFr contention < L contentio < pp. of contendere: see CONTEND] 1. the act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc. 2. a statement or point that one argues for as true or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 contention — [n1] competition altercation, argument, battle, beef*, belligerency, bone of contention*, bone to pick*, combat, conflict, contest, controversy, difference, disaccord, discord, dispute, dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, enmity, feuding,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 contention — ► NOUN 1) heated disagreement. 2) an assertion. ● in contention Cf. ↑in contention ORIGIN Latin, from contendere contend …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 contention — late 14c., strife, from O.Fr. contention, from L. contentionem (nom. contentio), from content , pp. stem of contendere (see CONTEND (Cf. contend)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 contention — I (argument) noun allegation, area of disagreement, argumentation, cause, conflict, contest, controversy, debate, discord, disputatio, disputation, dispute, disputed point, ground, issue, legal dispute, legal issue, plea, point, polemic,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 contention — dissension, difference, variance, strife, *discord, conflict Analogous words: *quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble: controversy, dispute, *argument: contending, fighting, warring (see CONTEND) Contrasted words: agreement, concurrence,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 contention — Contention, Contentieux, voyez Contendre …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 12 contention — 1. contention [ kɔ̃tɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • déb. XIIIe; cf. a. fr. contençon; lat. contentio, de contendere « lutter » 1 ♦ Vx Débat, dispute. 2 ♦ (XIVe) Littér. Tension des facultés intellectuelles appliquées à un objet. ⇒ application, attention, co …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 13 contention — noun 1 opinion that sb expresses ADJECTIVE ▪ main ▪ Her main contention is that staff should get better training. VERB + CONTENTION ▪ support ▪ There is no evidence to support her contention …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 CONTENTION — s. f. Débat, dispute. Il y a matière à contention. C est une source de contention éternelle. Il est ennemi de toute contention. Il s éleva, il y eut entre eux une vive contention.   Il signifie aussi, Chaleur, véhémence dans la dispute. Ils… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 15 contention — I. Contention. s. f. Debat, dispute. Il arrive souvent des contentions entre ces gens là. il s esmut, il y eut, il survint debat & contention entre tels & tels. il fuit les disputes & contentions. Il signifie aussi, Chaleur & vehemence dans la… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 16 contention — n. argument 1) to rebut, refute a contention 2) a bone of contention ( something contentious ) 3) a contention that + inf. (it is his contention that taxes are too low) competition 4) in contention with * * * [kən tenʃ(ə)n] refute a contention [… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 contention — con|ten|tion [kənˈtenʃən] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin contentio, from contendere; CONTEND] 1.) formal a strong opinion that someone expresses sb s contention that ▪ Her main contention is that doctors should do more to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 contention — [[t]kənte̱nʃ(ə)n[/t]] contentions 1) N COUNT: usu poss N Someone s contention is the idea or opinion that they are expressing in an argument or discussion. It is my contention that death and murder always lurk as potentials in violent… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 Contention — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Contention >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 contention contention strife Sgm: N 1 contest contest contestation Sgm: N 1 struggle struggle Sgm: N 1 belligerency belligerency Sgm: N 1 opposition opposition …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 contention — noun 1 (C) formal an opinion that someone expresses: Her main contention is that doctors should do more to encourage people to lead healthy lives. 2 (U) formal argument and disagreement between people: The issue of subsidies is a great source of… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English