contestation

[kon-te-stey-shuh n]

noun

the act of contesting; controversy; dispute.
an assertion contended for.

Origin of contestation

1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin contestātiōn- (stem of contestātiō). See contest, -ation
Related formsnon·con·tes·ta·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for contestation
n.

1540s, from Latin contestationem (nominative contestatio), "an attesting, testimony," noun of action from past participle stem of contestari (see contest (v.)).

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