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contest

[n. kon-test; v. kuh n-test] /n. ˈkɒn tɛst; v. kənˈtɛst/
noun
1.
a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize.
2.
struggle for victory or superiority.
3.
strife in argument; dispute; controversy:
Their marriage was marred by perpetual contest.
verb (used with object)
4.
to struggle or fight for, as in battle.
5.
to argue against; dispute:
to contest a controversial question; to contest a will.
6.
to call in question:
They contested his right to speak.
7.
to contend for in rivalry.
verb (used without object)
8.
to dispute; contend; compete.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; (v.) < Latin contestāri to call to witness (in a lawsuit), equivalent to con- con- + testārī to testify, derivative of testis witness; (noun) derivative of the v., or < French conteste
Related forms
contestable, adjective
contestableness, noun
contestably, adverb
contester, noun
contestingly, adverb
precontest, verb (used with object)
precontest, noun
recontest, verb
subcontest, noun
supercontest, noun
supercontest, verb (used with object)
uncontestable, adjective
uncontestably, adverb
uncontested, adjective
uncontestedly, adverb
well-contested, adjective
Can be confused
contend, contest.
Synonyms
1. contention, rivalry, match, tournament, tourney, game. 2. battle, encounter. See fight. 3. debate, polemic, altercation. 4. See compete. 5. controvert, oppose. 6. challenge. 7. strive, compete, vie.
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Examples for contested
  • Otherwise, he said, the contested delegates should not vote.
  • Students can see firsthand that the discipline is relevant, hotly contested, and far from intellectually monolithic.
  • Courses, too, should introduce students to the complexity of scholarship but also to the contested landscape of fact and faith.
  • Proof about the noose's origin is as elusive and contested as the plagiarism case itself.
  • Direct-to-consumer genetic testing, to which this project is tied, was begun on hotly contested terrain.
  • Topics include how reformers figured in contested rites of church dedication.
  • The antiquity of his art is certainly not be contested by any other.
  • It's basically a contested area that has no boundaries, no markers, no fence.
  • Neither appear to have been debunked, but rather hotly contested by those who feel that they do not belong.
  • The conversation runs from the latest on number theory to the fairest way to decide a closely contested election.
British Dictionary definitions for contested

contest

noun (ˈkɒntɛst)
1.
a formal game or match in which two or more people, teams, etc, compete and attempt to win
2.
a struggle for victory between opposing forces or interests
verb (kənˈtɛst)
3.
(transitive) to try to disprove; call in question
4.
when intr, foll by with or against. to fight, dispute, or contend (with) contest an election
Derived Forms
contestable, adjective
contestableness, contestability, noun
contestably, adverb
contestation, noun
contester, noun
contestingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin contestārī to introduce a lawsuit, from testis witness
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Word Origin and History for contested
adj.

1670s, past participle adjective from contest (v.). Of elections, from 1771, American English.

contest

v.

c.1600, from French contester "dispute, oppose," from Middle French, from Latin contestari (litem) "to call to witness, bring action," from com- "together" (see com-) + testari "to bear witness," from testis "a witness," (see testament). Calling witnesses as the first step in a legal combat. Related: Contestable; contested; contesting.

n.

1640s, from contest (v.).

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