Definition of incontestable in English:



  • Not able to be disputed.

    • ‘Now, there are some interesting restrictions on English reduplication, but the plain fact of it is incontestable (at least in every North American dialect I've ever come across).’
    • ‘I'm the new owner of this house, with clear and incontestable title.’
    • ‘The Press Complaints Commission rules were scrupulously observed; the only minor shown had his face obscured; and the story was of incontestable public interest.’
    • ‘This much is incontestable - in the last decade (I won't go further back) we have seen the emergence in Ireland of what Ms Flynn rightly described as a ‘tabloid culture’.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, that soccer as a global phenomenon has yet to eradicate what was once called ‘The English Disease’ remains incontestable.’
    • ‘But it's incontestable that if it was improved, people would stay longer and spend more money.’
    • ‘If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God's number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text.’
    • ‘And I also think it is incontestable that Protestantism has been an overwhelming influence in creating the modern world.’
    • ‘Does that not amount to the Minister making a conclusive and incontestable decision about a matter of law?’
    • ‘If argument did not deliver incontestable conclusions, where was one to go?’
    • ‘Together, the president and vice-president (or just ‘the presidency’) would be able to act without fear or favour, and would possess an incontestable mandate.’
    • ‘Regardless of whether you believe global warming to be a threat to the survival of humanity or simply the product of another wave in the world's oscillating climate, the problem of pollution remains incontestable.’
    • ‘Its benefits have been so incontestable that in the five millennia since the advent of the written word numerous poets and writers have extolled its virtues.’
    • ‘He is wrong in believing that what is contestable is ‘knowledge’, and in failing to acknowledge that much knowledge is incontestable.’
    • ‘It is unequivocal and incontestable, and what has happened?’
    • ‘His failure to take consistent foreign policy positions, though more recent, is incontestable.’
    • ‘There are certain incontestable themes in his work.’
    • ‘Dispute the numbers, but the big picture is incontestable.’
    • ‘The rationale for the government's proposed change, however, is incontestable.’
    • ‘They were all going down together, into the dark… Just as soon as enough major players decided to contest the incontestable, and put the simulations to the audit of war.’
    incontrovertible, indisputable, undeniable, irrefutable, unassailable, beyond dispute, unquestionable, beyond question, indubitable, not in doubt, beyond doubt, beyond a shadow of a doubt
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Late 17th century: from French, or from medieval Latin incontestabilis, from in- ‘not’ + contestabilis ‘able to be called upon in witness’, from the verb contestari (see contest).