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Lewis : contestatio

contestatio, contestātĭo, ōnis, f. contestor. A jurid. t. t., an attesting, proving by witness, testimony: suprema testamenti, Dig. 28, 1, 20, § 8; cf.: verbum (testamentum) compositum a mentis contestatione, Gell. 6, 12, 2: litis, a formal entering of a suit in law, by calling witnesses, Gai inst. 3, 180 sq.; Dig. 3, 3, 40, § 3; 24, 3, 22, § 5; Cod. Just. 3, 9: de litis contestatione.

Out of the circle of judicial proceedings, attestation, conclusive proof: in tam miserā atque maestā publicae injuriae contestatione, Gell. 10, 3, 4.—* An earnest entreaty: petivit tamen a me pater maximā contestatione, ut, etc., * Cic. Corn. 1 Fragm. 5 B. and K.