What is the meaning of conflict?


  • An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals. )
    • usage: "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph-Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
  • Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings.
    • usage: "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
  • A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war.
    • usage: "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
  • A state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests.
    • usage: "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
  • An incompatibility of dates or events.
    • usage: "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  • Opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot. )
    • usage: "this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"
  • A disagreement or argument about something important.
    • usage: "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"


  • Be in conflict.
    • usage: "The two proposals conflict"
  • Go against, as of rules and laws.
    • usage: "He ran afoul of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
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