controversy

noun con·tro·ver·sy \ ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-sē , British also kən-ˈträ-vər-sē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of controversy

plural controversies
1 : a discussion marked especially by the expression of opposing views : dispute
  • The decision aroused a controversy among the students.

Examples of controversy in a Sentence

  1. The decision aroused much controversy among the students.

  2. The new movie is a subject of controversy.

  3. There is controversy surrounding the team's decision to trade the star pitcher.

  4. The controversy is over whether he should be fired or not.

  5. A controversy arose over the new law.

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Origin and Etymology of controversy

Middle English controversie, from Anglo-French, from Latin controversia, from controversus disputable, literally, turned against, from contro- (akin to contra-) + versus, past participle of vertere to turn — more at worth


CONTROVERSY Defined for English Language Learners

controversy

noun

Definition of controversy for English Language Learners

  • : argument that involves many people who strongly disagree about something : strong disagreement about something among a large group of people


CONTROVERSY Defined for Kids

controversy

noun con·tro·ver·sy \ ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-sē \

Definition of controversy for Students

plural controversies
1 : argument that involves many people who strongly disagree about something dispute
2 : 1quarrel 1

Law Dictionary

controversy

noun con·tro·ver·sy \ ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-sē Brit also kən-ˈträ-vər-sē \

legal Definition of controversy

plural controversies
1 : a state of dispute or disagreement
  • suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars
  • U.S. Constitution amend. VII
2 : a civil action involving a real and immediate dispute between parties with adverse interests
Note: Article III of the U.S. Constitution gives the judiciary the power to decide cases and controversies. Article III's limitation of the judicial power to cases or controversies requires that an action brought in the federal court involve parties with standing to sue and questions that are ripe and not moot.

controversial

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


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