Assert vs Contend - What's the difference?

assert | contend |


As verbs the difference between assert and contend

is that assert is to declare with assurance or plainly and strongly; to state positively while contend is to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

As a noun assert

is (computer science) an assert statement; a section of source code which tests whether an expected condition is true.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

assert

English

(Webster 1913)

Noun

(en noun)
  • (computer science) an assert statement; a section of source code which tests whether an expected condition is true.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To declare with assurance or plainly and strongly; to state positively.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=Colin Allen , title=Do I See What You See? , volume=100, issue=2, page=168 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Numerous experimental tests and other observations have been offered in favor of animal mind reading, and although many scientists are skeptical, others assert that humans are not the only species capable of representing what others do and don’t perceive and know.}}
    he would often assert his beliefs to us
  • To use or exercise and thereby prove the existence of.
  • to assert one's authority
    Salman Rushdie has asserted his right ... to be identified as the author of this work
  • To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures; to vindicate a claim or title to; as, to assert our rights and liberties.
  • The quasi-judicial pre-grant process of asserting patent rights and appeals procedures during patent examination; 'to assert' patent rights means to defend or maintain patent rights.
  • (computer science) To make true; to make equal to 1. (rfex)
  • Synonyms

    * affirm * asseverate * aver

    Anagrams

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    contend

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy ii. 9
  • The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
  • * Shakespeare
  • For never two such kingdoms did contend without much fall of blood.
  • to struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
  • * Dryden
  • You sit above, and see vain men below / Contend for what you only can bestow.
  • to strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
  • * John Locke
  • The question which our author would contend for.
  • * Dr H. More
  • Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.

    Synonyms

    * struggle, fight, combat, vie, strive, oppose, emulate, contest, litigate, dispute, debate