On the one hand, recent advances in the power of computers have been decried as the nemesis of whatever vestiges of our privacy still survive. On the other, the Internet is acclaimed as a Utopia. When clichés contend, it is imprudent to expect sensible resolutions of the problems they embody, but between these two exaggerated claims, something resembling the truth probably resides.
There's no clause after contend here, so definition 1 must be the only choice. Yet no preposition exists after contend here, so it exceeds the dictionary? Is this an appropriate use of "contend"? Does "contend" always need a preposition?
Source: P136, Law, Raymond Wacks