• WordNet 3.6
    • adj contested disputed or made the object of contention or competition "a contested election"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
    • contested Disputed. As applied to elections: In Great Britain, involving a contest at the polls, more than one candidate having been nominated.
    • contested In the United States, involving a contest or dispute as regards the result of balloting, on the part of the unsuccessful candidate, before a court or a legislative body: called in Great Britain a controverted election.
    • contested Litigated: as, a contested case at law.
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  • Lord Byron
    “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.”
  • Geoffrey Gaberino
    Geoffrey Gaberino
    “The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.”


In literature:

Their position is clearly and strongly marked throughout the whole contest.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The consequences of thus weakening the Austrian force on the Rhine were, for the moment, on that scene of the contest, inauspicious.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
A bitter contest was waged, which resulted in Jack being chosen major of the Hall battalion.
"The Mystery at Putnam Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
Eleanor and Edna Wright were among the junior contestants, while there was a good showing of sophomores and freshmen.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
An inspection of the map, at this point, will enable us to understand the grounds on which the suit was contested.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Eleven, and she was looking forward to the contest as one of the events of her life.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
School contests, one that was uncertain from beginning to end.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
He contests with all parties, and rises superior to one and all.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
In this great contest between aristocracy and democracy, the ranks of the former had been joined by one of its most determined enemies.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
Two high schools entered the contest, namely Central High, Minneapolis, and Wayzata High.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various

In poetry:

Let wits contest,
And with their words and posies windows fill:
Lesse than the least
Of all thy mercies, is my posie still.
"The Posie" by George Herbert
There 's not a beauty
But for victory will endeavour
When among Rome's fairest daughters
Such a prize shall be contested.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Some are blooming, youthful faces,
Victory confident to win,
Some are from the contest shrinking,
Wearied with the strife and din.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner
Though secret lusts, with hid contest,
By heavy groans reveal'd,
And devil's rage; yet, do their best
Thy Husband keeps the field.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
"Here shall the bloody contest end,
Let peace o'erspread the land;
More homage than the conqueror's sword
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
In music, in song, and in friendship,
In contests by night and by day,
By all who knew it was given to me
That I bore the branch away.
"A Connachtman" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Baritone wins Met Opera's regional contest.
The organizers of a festival dedicated to historical entertainment have tried every year to introduce a new feature, from an archery contest to a mountain man camp.
NCGA Offers $1500 In Ethanol Use Contest.
If Rotisserie Baseball were an endurance contest, me and my buds would be champions of the world.
The little ballers dribbled, defended, rebounded, passed, and shot their way through drills, skills contests and games.
Basque nationalists won a bitterly contested regional election today, crushing the hopes of mainstream Spanish parties to seize the initiative in the country's troubled northern region.
Bataan Elementary School students held a "Spare Change Contest" at the school to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep Paul Ryan as his running mate is a boldly clarifying jolt for a presidential contest whose issues and stakes have been in desperate need of definition.
A Zimbabwean and a Nigerian were the winners of 'Big Brother Africa' this year, in a season in which the show, as noteworthy for controversy as ratings, widened its South African base to include contestants from 14 nations.
"I always forget how much I hate it until I'm there," Jamie Ginn says of beauty contests.
Write-in Candidate Wins Voodoo's Mayoral Doughnut-Eating Contest.
The Hagerstown Suns baseball team will partner with the Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack to keep the contest alive.
Chamber Community Service award winner Colin Fay gives a high five to a Running with the Bears contestant on Sunday, July 15, 2012.
Fondue Contest Makes February Bearable .
Bill Gates Awards Toilet Reinvention Contest Winner.

In science:

Most of the rest of the questions period was not this aggressive2: there is still hope in science’s sempiternal contest with faith.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
While debating the details, the previous studies agreed on the idea that raising ΩΛ dramatically increases the expected number of lenses; they agreed on the trend and only contested the zero point.
Rethinking Lensing and Lambda
Although the final answer has not yet emerged, the existing results together with the recent downward revision of the solar O abundance described above point to a nearly flat [O/Fe] trend but with a slow rise for [Fe/H] ∼< −2, i.e. somewhere in between the hotly contested plateau and linear trends (Nissen et al. 2002).
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
Stapp ), the meaning of the theorem – what, exactly, it proves – remains widely and hotly contested.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
They will be philosophical and can certainly be contested and/or improved.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems