- a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize.
- struggle for victory or superiority.
- strife in argument; dispute; controversy: Their marriage was marred by perpetual contest.
- to struggle or fight for, as in battle.
- to argue against; dispute: to contest a controversial question; to contest a will.
- to call in question: They contested his right to speak.
- to contend for in rivalry.
- to dispute; contend; compete.
Origin of contest
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Related Words for contestableproblematic, unresolved, unsettled, debatable, questionable, contentious, dubious, disputed, uncertain, doubtful, arguable, moot, speculative, vague, imaginary, theoretical, suspect, open, academic, contingent
Examples from the Web for contestable
Contemporary Examples of contestable
Although children cannot be transferred without parental permission, the validity of their consent is contestable.Roma Children Face Segregation In EU Schools
March 8, 2014
It is a political document, full of contestable characterizations, but it provides some useful specifics to consider.As the Sequester Looms, the Outlines of a Solution Emerge
February 24, 2013
Historical Examples of contestable
- a formal game or match in which two or more people, teams, etc, compete and attempt to win
- a struggle for victory between opposing forces or interests
- (tr) to try to disprove; call in question
- (when intr, foll by with or against) to fight, dispute, or contend (with)contest an election
Word Origin for contest
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.
1640s, from contest (v.).