Learner's definition of CONTENTION
something (such as a belief, opinion, or idea) that is argued or stated
anger and disagreement
There has been too much contention [=discord] in this family in recent years.
The main point of contention [=the point that is being argued over] is who has the rights to the land.
That has been a source of contention for years.
an issue that is still in contention [=that is still being argued about; that has not yet been decided]
◊ A bone of contention is something that causes anger and disagreement.
a situation in which you have a chance to win something that you are trying to win