con|flict1 W2S2 [ˈkɔnflıkt US ˈka:n-] n
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: conflictus, from the past participle of confligere 'to strike together', from com- ( COM-) + fligere 'to strike']
1.) [U and C]
a state of disagreement or argument between people, groups, countries etc
conflict over
conflicts over wage settlements
conflict between
the conflict between tradition and innovation
in conflict (with sb)
normal kids who are in conflict with their parents
political/social/industrial conflict
social and political conflict in the 1930s
the threat of industrial conflict in the coalfields
Marx points out the potential conflicts below the surface of society.
His views on the literal truth of the Bible brought him into conflict with other Christian leaders.
Doctors exercise considerable power and often come into conflict with politicians.
a lawyer specializing in conflict resolution
2.) [U and C]
fighting or a war
armed/military/violent conflict
For years the region has been torn apart by armed conflicts.
UN troops intervened to avert a threat of violent conflict.
efforts to resolve the conflict
3.) [U and C]
a situation in which you have to choose between two or more opposite needs, influences etc
As women increasingly went out to work, the possibility of a conflict of loyalties became stronger.
conflict between
a conflict between the demands of one's work and one's family
in conflict (with sth)
The principles of democracy are sometimes in conflict with political reality.
4.) [U and C]
a situation in which you have two opposite feelings about something
a state of inner conflict
5.) AmE
something that you have to do at the same time that someone wants you to do something else
Sorry, I have a conflict on Friday. Can we make it Monday?
6.) conflict of interest/interests
a) a situation in which you cannot do your job fairly because you will be affected by the decision you make
There is a growing conflict of interest between her position as a politician and her business activities.
b) a situation in which different people want different things
conflict 2
con|flict2 [kənˈflıkt] v [I]
if two ideas, beliefs, opinions etc conflict, they cannot exist together or both be true
conflict with
new evidence which conflicts with previous findings
conflicting opinions/demands/interests etc
I had been given a great deal of conflicting advice.
There are conflicting views about what caused the accident.

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