noun[mass noun] • formal
- The action or process of disputing or arguing: ideological contestation over social policy in the European Union [count noun]: a self-conscious contestation of the governmentMore example sentences
- Hall deals with the process of contestation and what is required to replace embedded ideas, established interests and institutions.
- And these representations changed appreciably over the centuries, through a process of both contestation and assimilation.
- Democratic politics is bound to the terrain of dispute and contestation.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'solemn appeal or protest'): from Latin contestatio(n-), from contestari 'call upon to witness' (see contest); reinforced by French contestation.
More definitions of contestationDefinition of contestation in:
- The US English dictionary