controversial

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

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> <The controversial biologist caused a ferment among his colleagues.>

controversialism

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controversialist

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controversially

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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.

Origin and Etymology of controversial

see controversy


First Known Use: 1583


CONTROVERSIAL Defined for English Language Learners

controversial

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

Definition of controversial for English Language Learners

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


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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