Definition of contestation in English:


Line breaks: con¦test|ation
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒntɛˈsteɪʃ(ə)n


[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 government
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  • 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.

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