con·​tes·​ta·​tion | \ˌkän-ˌte-ˈstā-shən \

Definition of contestation 

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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.

Examples of contestation in a Sentence

the statement is certainly open to contestation among reasonable people

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At the same time, anti-immigrant sentiment has caused growing contestation of their right to be in the city, pushing newcomers to eke out livelihoods in precarious situations. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 Finally, South Africa’s Central Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago says the government is stable despite political contestation., "We See 2 Percent Growth This Year, Colombia’s Cardenas Says," 12 Oct. 2017 The Catalan publication, which has consistently ignored contestations from Liverpool that Coutinho is not for sale at any price to push Barça's transfer agenda, claims that Real have enquired as to the player's contract situation at Anfield., "Barcelona Must Seal Coutinho Deal in January to Avoid Price Explosion From Madrid Interest," 3 Nov. 2017 As a result the fish is not yet anywhere near U.S. dinner plates, caught up in a seemingly endless process of contestation, with no clear end in sight. Tess Doezema, Slate Magazine, "Skepticism About Biotechnology Isn’t Anti-Science," 26 Apr. 2017 Yet school bathrooms have always been sites of contestation, where prevailing cultural anxieties have been projected onto them. J.y. Chua, The Atlantic, "Bathing in Controversy," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of contestation

1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contestation was in 1580

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to express warning or disapproval

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