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English noun: contention

1. contention (communication) a point asserted as part of an argument


Broader (hypernym)assertion, asseveration, averment


Narrower (hyponym)submission

2. contention (communication) a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement


SamplesThey were involved in a violent argument.


Synonymsarguing, argument, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, tilt


Broader (hypernym)conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute


Narrower (hyponym)argle-bargle, argy-bargy, fight, firestorm, polemic, sparring

3. contention (act) the act of competing as for profit or a prize


SamplesThe teams were in fierce contention for first place.


Synonymscompetition, rivalry


Broader (hypernym)group action


Narrower (hyponym)contest


Antonymscooperation









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