One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘none of the groups contending for power is strong enough yet’
compete, challenge, vie, contest
strive, struggle, tussle, grapple, wrestle, scuffle, squabble, skirmish, battle, combat, fight, war, wage war, join battle, cross swords, lock horns, go head to head
2‘the plaintiffs contended that their business plan was confidential’
assert, maintain, hold, claim, argue, profess, affirm, aver, avow, insist, state, declare, pronounce, allege, plead
‘the peasants had to contend with lack of food and primitive living conditions’
cope with, face, grapple with, deal with, take on, pit oneself against
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