con|test´a|ble

con|test´a|ble
con|test «noun. KON tehst; verb. kuhn TEHST», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a trial of skill to see which can win. A game or race is a contest. SYNONYM(S): competition.
2. a fight or struggle: »

The contest between France and England for North America ended in victory for England. What mighty contests rise from trivial things (John Dryden).

SYNONYM(S): conflict, strife, contention.
3. an argument; dispute. SYNONYM(S): controversy, disagreement.
[< the verb]
–transitive verb.
1. to fight for; struggle for: »

The soldiers contested every inch of ground. The blackbirds contested one another for nesting territory.

2. to argue against; dispute about: »

The lawyer contested the claim, and tried to prove that it was false.

SYNONYM(S): challenge.
3. to call in question; controvert: »

to contest an election or a will.

–v.i.
to try to win.
[< Middle French contester, learned borrowing from Latin contestārīcall to witness < com- (intensive) + testis witness]
con|test´a|ble, adjective.
con|test´er, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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