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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·ten·tion /kənˈtɛn(t)ʃən/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary

 爭用; 競爭; 衝突

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·ten·tion n.
 1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
    I would my arms could match thee in contention.   --Shak.
 2. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.
    Contentions and strivings about the law.   --Titus iii. 9.
 3. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
    An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain.   --Rogers.
 4. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.
    All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined.   --Bagehot.
    This was my original contention, and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision.   --Jowett.
 Syn: -- Struggle; strife; contest; quarrel; combat; conflict; feud; litigation; controversy; dissension; variance; disagreement; debate; competition; emulation.
 Usage: -- Contention, Strife. A struggle between two parties is the idea common to these two words. Strife is a struggle for mastery; contention is a struggle for the possession of some desired object, or the accomplishment of some favorite end. Neither of the words is necessarily used in a bad sense, since there may be a generous strife or contention between two friends as to which shall incur danger or submit to sacrifices. Ordinarily, however, these words denote a struggle arising from bad passions. In that case, strife usually springs from a quarrelsome temper, and contention from, a selfish spirit which seeks its own aggrandizement, or is fearful lest others should obtain too much. Strife has more reference to the manner than to the object of a struggle, while contention takes more account of the end to be gained.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a point asserted as part of an argument
      2: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
         disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
         [syn: controversy, contestation, disputation, disceptation,
          tilt, argument, arguing]
      3: the act of competing as for profit or a prize; "the teams
         were in fierce contention for first place" [syn: competition,
          rivalry] [ant: cooperation]