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1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals: England's contest with Spain for domination of the seas.
2. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges: a spelling contest.
v. (kən-tĕst′, kŏn′tĕst′) con·test·ed, con·test·ing, con·tests
1. To compete or strive for; struggle to gain or control: trade routes that were contested by competing cultures.
2. To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge: contest a will. See Synonyms at oppose.
3. Sports To defend against (a shot), as in basketball.
To struggle or compete; contend: contested with other bidders for the antique.

[Probably from French conteste, from contester, to dispute, from Old French, to call to witness, from Latin contestārī : com-, com- + testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

con·test′a·ble adj.
con′tes·ta′tion (kŏn′tĕ-stā′shən) n.
con·test′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contestable - capable of being contested
questionable - subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
incontestable, incontestible - incapable of being contested or disputed
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legal officials have to decide on the basis of contestable concepts.
(27) severance payments that the agreement indicated were additional compensation for past services were excluded from the calculation of pension benefits by the court, because the agreement released the company from "contestable plan issues."
The idea of a relative independence of the Neo-Destour from vested interests is contestable throughout the political history of the party.
Now, it seems as if we are going to a rugby league-type game, and having rugby league scrums where they are not contestable.
Such questions as "Does the economy or the environment matter more to you?" are based on and reinforce the contestable view that these concerns can be neatly separated.
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By reflecting on Stretton's work of the last 30 years, Greg Melleuish -- in the first item of a new section of the journal, `Debate' -- observes that there is much in Stretton's approach that is contestable. Melleuish himself takes exception to what he regards as Stretton's paternalism, especially with regard to his promotion of the `wise administrator'.
Against the tendency of images to objectify and distance, to freeze organic movement and naturalize social constructions, Kruger poses the temporality of speech, the specificity of direct address, and the contestable, shifting assignments of pronouns like "we" and "you." Her branding-iron text forces images to verbally admit their miscellaneous agendas ("you are a captive audience") and likewise makes viewers openly confess their miscellaneous resentments ("you kill time").
One consequence of such ideas is to make newcomers think it less urgent than they might once have to obtain a thorough grounding in scientific literacy - after all, the concepts are all "contestable" anyway, right?
Bumper pounds 500,000-plus pay-days await the six English qualifiers and with champions Leicester and runners-up Northampton already there, four places remain contestable.
In the case of gas, predictions show that by 2001, a minimum of 20% of the EU gas market will also be contestable. In addition, the report looks at the amount of switching which has already and will probably take place within the EU and how electricity liberalisation will affect renewable sources of energy in the future.
The selection is thus a contestable one, and I personally would have preferred bringing in some European perspectives, where particularly research on constructed identities like `nationalism' and European history - in the periods so systematically eclipsed in IR writing - has prepared the ground for a massive re-evaluation of the very concept of inter-national relations, and for a greater integration of belief-systems into our view of how the world works.