I would like to know what else I can use instead of 'disputed regions', I've used conflicted territories, but that doesn't sound right. Are there any other combinations of two words that have the same meaning as 'disputed regions'?

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    What's wrong with disputed region in the first place? It's a common phrase. Can you give an example of why you would want to use something different? May 27, 2018 at 17:08
  • (Either unresolved ownership or war zone could mean the same thing, but only based on context—and the sentence construction might also need to be changed.) May 27, 2018 at 17:10
  • @JasonBassford i'm writing an essay and i would like to avoid repetition
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    May 27, 2018 at 18:47
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    Using multiple words and phrases to express the same thing can actually be a bad idea when it comes to formal writing. But, that aside, you still need to provide some context by putting a sentence, and possibly surrounding sentences, into your question. (If your goal is to avoid repetition, provide an example of the repetition you want to avoid—not just the phrase on its own.) May 27, 2018 at 19:05

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contested land(s) TFD

  1. To compete or strive for; struggle to gain or control: trade routes that were contested by competing cultures.

When the region is controlled by one party A, but it historically belonged to another party B, the region is called an irridenta. According to Collins Dictionary:

a region that is ethnically or historically tied to one country, but which is ruled by another

Attribution: Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

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