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Topic: LAW

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: contester, from Latin contestari 'to call a witness, bring a legal case', from com- ( COM-) + testis 'witness'

contest

2 verb
     
con‧test2 [transitive] formal
1SCL to say formally that you do not accept something or do not agree with it:
His brothers are contesting the will.
2 to compete for something or to try to win it:
His wife is contesting a seat on the council.
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