contention-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: assertion of a point in an argument

Commentary: CONTENTION[+activity][+communication][+assertion][+viewpoint][+spoken/+written]
NOTE: does not imply a disagreement between parties, just an assertion of a viewpoint

Statistics bear out his contention that many runners are under-trained for this event.
They ignored her contention that shortening the testing phase of the product would be costlier in the long run.
THe article's contention is that soft drinks may contribute to bone loss in post-menstrual women.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a dispute, disagreement

Commentary: CONTENTION[+activity][+communication][+dispute]
NOTE: implies a disagreement between parties.

The captured territory was one of the main areas of contention between the countries.
There is serious contention in Washington about the best course to follow in Iraq.
The one bone of contention in their marriage was John's pack rat tendencies.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: pursuit of a rivalry or competition

Commentary: CONTENTION[+activity][+competition][+pursuit] [+state][+rivalry]
NOTE: occurs in the phrase 'in contention'

The two teams are in fierce contention for the pennant.
He is in contention for the White House in 2008.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)