Etymology
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contestation (n.)

1540s, "action of calling to witness," from Latin contestationem (nominative contestatio), "an attesting, testimony," noun of action from past-participle stem of contestari (see contest (v.)). Meaning "disputation, controversy" is from 1570s.

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Definitions of contestation

contestation (n.)
a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement;
Synonyms: controversy / contention / disputation / disceptation / tilt / argument / arguing
From wordnet.princeton.edu