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Dictionary definition for: Conflict

1. (n) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals) "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

2. (v) be in conflict; "The two proposals conflict!"

3. (n) opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings; "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

4. (v) go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afould of the law" "This behavior conflicts with our rules"

5. (n) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

6. (n) a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post" "a conflict of loyalties"

7. (n) an incompatibility of dates or events; "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"

8. (n) opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot) "this form of conflict is essential to Mann''s writing"

9. (n) a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife" "there were irreconcilable differences" "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"

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