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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.


(ˌkɒn tɛˈsteɪ ʃən)

1. the act of contesting; controversy; dispute.
2. an assertion contended for.
[1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contestation - a contentious speech actcontestation - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
difference of opinion, dispute, difference, conflict - a disagreement or argument about something important; "he had a dispute with his wife"; "there were irreconcilable differences"; "the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
argle-bargle, argy-bargy - a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument
firestorm - an outburst of controversy; "the incident triggered a political firestorm"
sparring - an argument in which the participants are trying to gain some advantage
polemic - a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
fight - an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is expected in the Senate"


A hypothetical controversial proposition:
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