velitation

[ vel-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌvɛl ɪˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

a minor dispute or contest.

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Origin of velitation

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin vēlitātiōn- (stem of vēlitātiō “skirmish”), equivalent to vēlitāt(us), past participle of vēlitārī, derivative of vēles (stem vēlit- ) “light-armed foot soldier” + -iōn-; see -ate1,-ion

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