controversial


con·tro·ver·sial

adjective \ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl, -ˈvər-sē-əl\

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

Full Definition of CONTROVERSIAL

1
:  of, relating to, or arousing controversy <a controversial policy> <a controversial film>
2
:  given to controversy :  disputatious <a controversial temperament>
con·tro·ver·sial·ism \-shə-ˌli-zəm, -sē-ə-ˌ\ noun
con·tro·ver·sial·ist \-list\ noun
con·tro·ver·sial·ly adverb

Examples of CONTROVERSIAL

  1. Abortion is a highly controversial subject.
  2. a decision that remains controversial
  3. He is a controversial author.

First Known Use of CONTROVERSIAL

1583

Rhymes with CONTROVERSIAL

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