Legal Definition and Related Resources of Contest

Meaning of Contest

An earnest struggle for superiority, defense , victory; competition; emulation; strife or argument . To contravert; litigate; oppose; call in question ; challenge ; dispute ; to defend as a suit or other proceeding .

Contest Alternative Definition

Struggle for superiority In legal usage, a litigation. The word “contest,” in constitutions and statutes, is a word of art. It means a litigation. It implies a plaintiff and a defendant, and a thing in controversy. When it is decided, it is, or should be, decided upon evidence, and the decision is a judgment. 112 Ky. 23.

Synonyms of Contest

(Competition), noun

  • bout
  • certamen
  • certatio
  • challenge
  • clash
  • corrivalry
  • emulation
  • encounter
  • engagement
  • game
  • match
  • opposition
  • pitting of strengths
  • race
  • rivalry
  • rivalship
  • sport
  • spordngevent
  • struggle
  • test ofendurance
  • tournament
  • tourney
  • trial
  • Associated Concepts: election contest

(Dispute), noun

  • action
  • altercation
  • antagonism
  • argument
  • battle
  • bickering
  • brawl
  • challenge
  • clash
  • combat
  • contention
  • controversion
  • controversy
  • debate
  • difference of opinion
  • disaccord
  • disagreement
  • disceptation
  • discord
  • disharmony
  • disputation
  • dispute
  • dissension
  • dissent
  • dissonance
  • embroilment
  • encounter
  • failure to agree
  • feud
  • fight
  • fracas
  • fray
  • impugnation
  • impugnment
  • inharmony
  • litigation
  • monomachy
  • noncomformity
  • obstinacy
  • opposition
  • oppugnancy
  • polemics
  • quarrel
  • recalcitrance
  • recusancy
  • resistance
  • revolt
  • skirmish
  • squabble
  • strained relations
  • strife
  • variance
  • verbal contention
  • verbal engagement
  • war
  • war of words
  • wrangle
  • Associated Concepts: notice of contest
  • will contest


  • altercate
  • argue
  • battle
  • call to answer
  • challenge
  • combat
  • conflict
  • contend
  • contendere
  • contradict
  • contravene
  • controvert
  • counter
  • debate
  • defy
  • disaffirm
  • disagree
  • dispute
  • fight
  • gainsay
  • grapple with
  • impugn
  • object
  • oppose
  • oppugn
  • quarrel over
  • question
  • refuse to accept
  • refuse to admit
  • resist
  • struggle
  • take exception to
  • traverse
  • vie with
  • Associated Concepts: contest a will
  • contest an election
  • contest an insurance policy
  • contested case

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Translate Contest (To) from English to Spanish

Translation of Contest (To), with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Disputar and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Contest from English to Spanish

Translation of Contest, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Controvertir (CPPR) and other legal terms is available here.


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This term is a verb.

Etimology of Contest

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c. 1600, from French contester “dispute, oppose,” from Middle French, from Latin contestari (litem) “to call to witness, bring action,” from com “with, together” (see com-) + testari “to bear witness,” from testis “a witness,” (see testament). Calling witnesses as the first step in a legal combat. Related: Contestable; contested; contesting.



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