conflict /ˈkɑnˌflɪkt/ noun
1 : a struggle for power, property, etc.
- an armed conflict
- violent border conflicts
- a conflict between two gangs
- years of armed conflict
- recent violent conflict in the region
- conflict between (forces of) good and evil
2 : strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry argument
- Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict.
- There was inevitable conflict over what to name the group.
- They’re having serious conflicts over the budget.
- A few students are being trained to resolve conflicts between other students.
3 : a difference that prevents agreement : disagreement between ideas, feelings, etc.
- I don’t see any conflicts between the theories.
- exploring the character’s inner conflicts
- You’ll need to resolve the conflict between your parent’s plans for you and your own ambitions.
4 [count] : a situation in which you are unable to do something because there is something else you have already agreed to do at that same time
- He has a conflict and can’t attend tomorrow’s meeting.
- a scheduling conflict