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controversial

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adjective con·tro·ver·sial \ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl, -ˈvər-sē-əl\

Simple Definition of controversial

  • : relating to or causing much discussion, disagreement, or argument : likely to produce controversy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of controversial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or arousing controversy <a controversial policy> <a controversial film>

  2. 2 :  given to controversy :  disputatious <a controversial temperament>

controversialism

play \-shə-ˌli-zəm, -sē-ə-ˌ\ noun

controversialist

play \-list\ noun

controversially

adverb

Examples of controversial in a sentence

  1. Abortion is a highly controversial subject.

  2. a decision that remains controversial

  3. He is a controversial author.



1583

First Known Use of controversial

1583


CONTROVERSIAL Defined for Kids

controversial

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adjective con·tro·ver·sial \ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl\

Definition of controversial for Students

  1. :  relating to or causing disagreement or argument <a controversial law>





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