contest
con·test 1 /kən-'test/ vt: to dispute or challenge through legal procedures
contest a will
con·test 2 /'kän-ˌtest/ n: a challenge brought through formal or legal procedures
boundary controversies or other contest s between states — Felix Frankfurter; specif: will contest see also no contest clause

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

contest
I (competition) noun bout, certamen, certatio, challenge, clash, corrivalry, emulation, encounter, engagement, game, match, opposition, pitting of strengths, race, rivalry, rivalship, sport, sporting event, struggle, test of endurance, tournament, tourney, trial associated concepts: election contest II (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 III verb 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 IV index answer (reply), answer (respond legally), appeal, argue, bicker, compete, competition, conflict (noun), conflict (verb), contend (dispute), contention (argument), contention (opposition), contravene, contravention, controversy (argument), controversy (lawsuit), controvert, cross (disagree with), debate, disagree, discuss, disown (deny the validity), embroilment, engage (involve), fight (argument), fight (battle), fight (battle), fray, gainsay, grapple, hearing, impugn, lawsuit, oppose, prevent, primary, strife, strive, sue, trial (legal proceeding)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


contest
To oppose, dispute, or challenge through formal or legal procedures. For example, the defendant in a lawsuit almost always contests the case made by the plaintiff. Or, a disgruntled relative may formally contest the provisions of a will.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


contest
To defend against an adverse claim made in a court by a plaintiff or a prosecutor; to challenge a position asserted in a judicial proceeding, as to contest the probate of a will.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


contest
To defend against an adverse claim made in a court by a plaintiff or a prosecutor; to challenge a position asserted in a judicial proceeding, as to contest the probate of a will.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • contest — vb 1 *compete, contend Analogous words: struggle, strive, endeavor (see ATTEMPT): fight, battle (see CONTEND) 2 *resist, withstand, oppose, fight, combat, conflict, antagonize contest n Contest, conflict, combat, fight, affray, fray …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Contest — Con test, n. 1. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation. [1913 Webster] Leave all noisy contests, all immodest clamors and brawling language. I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 2. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contest — [n1] competition challenge, concours, discussion, game, match, meet, meeting, proving, rencounter, sport, testing, tournament, trial, trying; concepts 92,363 contest [n2] fight, struggle action, affray, altercation, battle, battle royal*, beef*,… …   New thesaurus

  • contest — ► NOUN 1) an event in which people compete for supremacy. 2) a dispute or conflict. ► VERB 1) compete to attain (a position of power). 2) take part in (a competition or election). 3) challenge or dispute. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Contest — Con*test , v. i. To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; followed usually by with. [1913 Webster] The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contest — Con*test , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Contesting}.] [F. contester, fr. L. contestari to call to witness, contestari litem to introduce a lawsuit by calling witnesses, to bring an action; con + testari to be a witness,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contest — País …   Wikipedia Español

  • contest — [kən test′; ] for n. [ kän′test΄] vt. [Fr contester < L contestari, to call to witness, bring action < com , together + testari, to bear witness < testis, a witness: see TESTIFY] 1. to try to disprove or invalidate (something) as by… …   English World dictionary

  • contest — is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun and on the second syllable as a verb …   Modern English usage

  • contest — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ close, equal (BrE), even, tight ▪ closely fought (esp. BrE), hard fought ▪ one sided, u …   Collocations dictionary

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