- 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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- not having been challenged, called into question, or disputed
- 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 and History for uncontested
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.).