con·tro·vert | \ ˈkän-trə-ˌvərt , ˌkän-trə-ˈvərt \
controverted; controverting; controverts

Definition of controvert 

transitive verb

: to dispute or oppose by reasoning controvert a point in a discussion

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Other words from controvert

controverter \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-tər, ˌkän-trə-ˈvər- \ noun
controvertible \ˈkän-trə-ˌvər-tə-bəl, ˌkän-trə-ˈvər- \ adjective

Examples of controvert in a Sentence

The attorney offered evidence that controverted the plaintiff's allegations. ever since the poem was first published, critics and scholars have controverted over the meaning of its concluding lines

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During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games on Domestic Violence Allegations," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of controvert

1563, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of controvert

: to say or prove that (something) is untrue

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