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 for contestation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contestation \Con`tes*ta"tion\, n. [L. contestatio testimony:
     cf. F. contestation a contesting.]
     1. The act of contesting; emulation; rivalry; strife;
        dispute. "Loverlike contestation." --Milton.
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              After years spent in domestic, unsociable
              contestations, she found means to withdraw.
                                                    --Clarendon.
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     2. Proof by witness; attestation; testimony. [Obs.]
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              A solemn contestation ratified on the part of God.
                                                    --Barrow.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  contestation
      n 1: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
           disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
           [syn: controversy, contention, contestation,
           disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument,
           arguing]

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