What is contention?

  • (noun): The act of competing as for profit or a prize.
    Example: "The teams were in fierce contention for first place"
    Synonyms: competition, rivalry
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More definitions of "contention":

  • (noun): A point asserted as part of an argument.

Famous quotes containing the word contention:

    The contention that a standing army and navy is the best security of peace is about as logical as the claim that the most peaceful citizen is he who goes about heavily armed. The experience of every-day life fully proves that the armed individual is invariably anxious to try his strength. The same is historically true of governments. Really peaceful countries do not waste life and energy in war preparations, with the result that peace is maintained.
    Emma Goldman (1869–1940)

    In truth, the legitimate contention is, not of one age or school of literary art against another, but of all successive schools alike, against the stupidity which is dead to the substance, and the vulgarity which is dead to form.
    Walter Pater (1839–1894)

    Contention is inseparable from creating knowledge. It is not contention we should try to avoid, but discourses that attempt to suppress contention.
    Joyce Appleby (b. 1929)