Definition of contestable in English:


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See contest

‘She says the assumptions of the rational actor model underlying classical contract theory are ‘arguably contestable.’’
  • ‘At the same time, some feminists have sought to impose a particular social vision, even though their own views are highly controversial and contestable.’
  • ‘Except that we received much more challenging and contestable papers that opened up the question of culture by showing it rather than saying it.’
  • ‘In theology practically every statement on a major issue is bound to be contestable and controversial, and God is the biggest issue of all.’
  • ‘Public services have become contestable in an open market and many functions have been outsourced or are now delivered in partnership with the private sector.’
  • ‘It is in part because of the existence of Community schemes for regional assistance, and because the proper boundary of regional assistance is itself a contestable issue.’
  • ‘The latter, in particular, requires the often highly contestable question of sizing up the situation in Christian terms.’
  • ‘But, commensurately, we have a high responsibility to science itself as an open system of contestable evidence.’
  • ‘So that deciding contestable moral questions by reference to what any particular person would think about them loses its validity.’
  • ‘Almost any answer to such questions is as contestable as any other.’
  • ‘Policing is becoming not only central to our understanding of citizenship, it is becoming a contestable political issue as never before.’
  • ‘Firstly, there is a contestable question of fact about historic significance.’
  • ‘It does have a number of contestable issues in it, and the member has alerted the House to some of them.’
  • ‘Whether this story makes sense is contestable.’
  • ‘And since new entry is easy and cheap - since the market is contestable - the limit price is not that high above the competitive price.’
  • ‘At present, research funding is contestable, allocated on a ‘winner take all’ basis with a five-year lifespan.’
  • ‘I see it, in a democracy, as about the process of democratic discourse and contestable ideas - whereas others see it as about being in power.’
  • ‘However, matters of clarity are, ironically, often contestable.’
  • ‘Romantic appeal aside, many of Mitchell's claims are contestable, and deserve to be challenged.’
  • ‘The fact is that the policy advice I provide is now contestable.’



/kənˈtestəb(ə)l/ /kənˈtɛstəb(ə)l/