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Examples of contestation in a sentence
the statement is certainly open to contestation among reasonable people
Did You Know?
If you guessed that contestation is somehow connected to "contest," you're right. They're linked both through meaning and through etymology. Contest can be a verb meaning "to dispute," and contestation essentially means "an act, instance, or state of contesting." Both words can be traced to the Latin verb contestari, meaning "to call to witness." Contestari itself comes from testis, a Latin noun meaning "witness," which is also the source of attest ("to bear witness to"), testify ("to bear witness"), and testimony ("a declaration made by a witness"), among others.
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