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Noun: conflict  'kón,flikt
  1. An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
    "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph";
    - struggle, battle
  2. Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
    "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
  3. A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    - battle, fight, engagement
  4. A state of opposition between persons, ideas or interests
    "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
  5. An incompatibility of dates or events
    "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  6. 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"
  7. A disagreement or argument about something important
    "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats";
    - dispute, difference, difference of opinion
Verb: conflict  'kón,flikt
  1. Be in disagreement or be incompatible
    "The two proposals conflict!"
  2. Go against, as of rules and laws
    "This behaviour conflicts with our rules";
    - run afoul, infringe, contravene

Derived forms: conflicts, conflicting, conflicted

Type of: action, ambivalence, ambivalency, breach, break, contrast, counterpoint, disagreement, go against, group action, incompatibility, infract, military action, offend, oppositeness, opposition, state, transgress, violate

Part of: war, warfare

Encyclopedia: Conflict, Stability and Security Fund