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I have written following sentence however not sure if it conveys the idea. Any help would be appreciated.

No study has yet focused on the conflictual simultaneous representation of post-feminist empowerment narratives, feminist narratives, and self-objectification

Here, I tried to use conflictual as an adjective to state that simultaneous representation is conflictual. Dictionary says it is ok to use but I am not sure if it is a correct form.

I have checked the ludwig.guru and other similar websites to see if it is used in similar context but could not find examples.

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  • Can you edit to explain why you think it might be wrong? Showing the dictionary definition of conflictual which you are using might also help.
    – mdewey
    Aug 2, 2021 at 12:25
  • Welcome to ELL! We expect people to do a little research before asking a question. In this case, you could have looked up the word conflictual in a good dictionary. it sounds like the kind of word that 1970's social scientists liked to make up and then misuse. This question will probably be closed: please do your research before asking your next question. A clue: many latin-derived nouns can take -ing and -ual endings, giving words with subtly different meanings- for example contracting and contractual.
    – JavaLatte
    Aug 2, 2021 at 12:55
  • “I tried to use conflictual as an adjective to state that simultaneous representation is conflictual.” what do you understand conflictual to mean?
    – ColleenV
    Aug 3, 2021 at 13:05
  • “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.” - Albert Einstein . Could you paraphrase your sentence in simpler language?
    – Sam
    Aug 3, 2021 at 17:43
  • @ColleenV I tried to emphasise that representing post-feminist empowerment narratives, feminist narratives, and self-objectification at the same time is something conflictual since these terms are opposite of each other.
    – user141537
    Aug 8, 2021 at 19:20

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'Conflictual' means that something is about conflict. It does not mean the same as 'conflicting', which describes things that are in conflict, or disagree with one another.

For example:

The men gave two conflicting accounts.

This means that two people gave differing accounts that disagreed with one another on one or more points. The accounts could be about any subject.

The men gave two conflictual accounts.

This means that the two men gave accounts about a conflict.


If you mean that your three list items (post-feminist empowerment narratives, feminist narratives, and self-objectification) are conflicting narratives (they do not agree with one another), then you mean to use the word 'conflicting':

No study has yet focused on the conflicting simultaneous representation of post-feminist empowerment narratives, feminist narratives, and self-objectification.

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  • Thank you so much for explanation!
    – user141537
    Aug 5, 2021 at 18:21

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