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  • adj. That which can be contested.

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  • adj. Capable of being contested; debatable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That may be disputed or debated; disputable; controvertible.

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  • adj. capable of being contested


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contest +‎ -able


  • Bourdieu suggest that the culture arises out of dissenting claims to universality, which might be characterized alternately as "absolute judgement" — Bourdieu's phrase for the promise of having the final say in contestable matters of cultural relevance — or, as Kant puts it in the Dialectic of Aesthetic Judgment ( '56), "a hope of coming to terms."

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  • This is the so-called contestable markets theory, pioneered by economist William Baumol, which suggests that even if one firm dominates an industry, it still must behave as if it had competition, because if its acts greedily in hiking prices and profits—it soon will.6 And firms even collaborate with competitors, legally, by making their products sufficiently different from others to build separate markets, customer loyalty, and demand, to diminish competition.

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  • Although the definitions of "large" or "landing" are contestable, that is totally untrue.


  • In Victoria, which has already committed to "contestable" funding, there was talk of

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  • This is a statement about the essential nature of all works of art, that they are all necessarily contestable, because this is how art is made.

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  • What Masnick spectacularly fails to see is that even if this were true, even if copyright legislation became so wildly draconian, in the cloud-cuckoo-land of an imagined future, as to render all new creative work open to challenge, all those existing in-copyright works they were purportedly plagiarising would be themselves contestable.

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  • This is both inconsistent with my sense (bolstered by my reading in marketing literature) that consumers do care about whether mistakes are honest, negligent, or intentional and also at least contestable enough to be inappropriate for a motion to dismiss.

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  • Sept. 27 Military concedes to politicians' demands by increasing the number of seats contestable by party list

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  • From 1981 to 1982, a sociologist named Julie Ann Wambach conducted a field study of three such peer support groups and noted in her write-up that The grief process was accepted by the widows and professionals her term for the widows who led the groups as a fact that was not contestable.

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  • … The interesting feature of contestable concepts comes in the second lvel of meaning.

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