controvert

verb con·tro·vert \ ˈkän-trə-ˌvərt , ˌkän-trə-ˈvərt \

Definition of controvert

controverted; controverting; controverts
: to dispute or oppose by reasoning
  • controvert a point in a discussion

controverter

play \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-tər, ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-\ noun

controvertible

play \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-tə-bəl, ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-\ adjective

Examples of controvert in a Sentence

  1. The attorney offered evidence that controverted the plaintiff's allegations.

  2. ever since the poem was first published, critics and scholars have controverted over the meaning of its concluding lines

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Origin and Etymology of controvert

controversy

controvert Synonyms

Phrases

bandy words, butt heads, lock horns, mix it up;


CONTROVERT Defined for English Language Learners

controvert

Definition of controvert for English Language Learners

  • : to say or prove that (something) is untrue



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