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Related to contested: call for, at least, proud of, swayed


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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causing dispute or argument: a hotly contested issue.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.contested - disputed or made the object of contention or competition; "a contested election"
uncontested - not disputed and not made the object of contention or competition; "uncontested authority"
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A long wooden bridge over the Derwent, the site of which, with one remaining buttress, is still shown to the curious traveller, was furiously contested. One Norwegian long defended it by his single arm, and was at length pierced with a spear thrust through the planks of the bridge from a boat beneath.
There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.
The present Prime Minister himself had contested from two constituencies," Ashwani told ANI.
Iram Fatima, who is an old ANP worker and had contested the 2013 general elections, is again going to try her luck as she has been named for NA-17 Haripur seat.
In Seremban, PAS announced that it would contest in all parliamentary seats in Negeri Sembilan and 26 out of the 36 state seats including the Temiang state seat which would be contested by a candidate from PAS Supporters' Club (DHPP) Yaw Con Seng.
Mir Badsha Qaisrani had already contested from different political parties in last elections.
During elections 2002, a total of 57 women contested elections on 50 national assembly seats.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard a case relating to the deductibility of a paid but contested tax liability from a business's accumulated taxable income.
They showed their true colors when Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris eagerly exercised her discretion to deny the contested counties a waiver of the one-week deadline established for recounts.
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Previous researchers have documented changes in the wealth position of shareholders of proxy contested firms (hereinafter referred to as 'contested' firms) (see, for example, Dodd and Warner, 1983, Mukherjee, 1985, DeAngelo, 1988, and Pound, 1988).
In a media statement today, Wan Kharizal, 56, said the selection of seats to be contested by the party was made at the Perlis Pakatan Harapan meeting recently.