Definition of incontestable in English:



  • Not able to be disputed.

    • ‘Does that not amount to the Minister making a conclusive and incontestable decision about a matter of law?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm the new owner of this house, with clear and incontestable title.’
    • ‘But it's incontestable that if it was improved, people would stay longer and spend more money.’
    • ‘The rationale for the government's proposed change, however, is 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.’
    • ‘If argument did not deliver incontestable conclusions, where was one to go?’
    • ‘He is wrong in believing that what is contestable is ‘knowledge’, and in failing to acknowledge that much knowledge is incontestable.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, that soccer as a global phenomenon has yet to eradicate what was once called ‘The English Disease’ remains incontestable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is unequivocal and incontestable, and what has happened?’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I also think it is incontestable that Protestantism has been an overwhelming influence in creating the modern world.’
    • ‘Dispute the numbers, but the big picture is incontestable.’
    • ‘There are certain incontestable themes in his work.’
    • ‘His failure to take consistent foreign policy positions, though more recent, is incontestable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The Press Complaints Commission rules were scrupulously observed; the only minor shown had his face obscured; and the story was of incontestable public interest.’
    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).