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Definition of Contention

Contention

  1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
  2. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.
  3. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
  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.

Contention Quotations

There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
Morihei Ueshiba

Christlike communications are expressions of affection and not anger, truth and not fabrication, compassion and not contention, respect and not ridicule, counsel and not criticism, correction and not condemnation. They are spoken with clarity and not with confusion. They may be tender or they may be tough, but they must always be tempered.
L. Lionel Kendrick

It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country.
Hannah Arendt

I mean, we make a 15-minute show that's incredibly silly, even though all of our scenic designers, puppet builders. animators, everybody that works on the show take their work very seriously. So somebody saying that we'd even be in contention for a very respectable award is really nice.
Seth Green

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

contention in German is Wettstreit, Auseinandersetzung {f}, Streit {m}
contention in Latin is decertatio, certamen
contention in Spanish is disputa