con·​tro·​vert | \ ˈkän-trə-ˌvərt How to pronounce controvert (audio) , ˌkän-trə-ˈvərt \
controverted; controverting; controverts

Definition of controvert

transitive verb

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

Other Words from controvert

controverter \ ˈkän-​trə-​ˌvər-​tər How to pronounce controvert (audio) , ˌkän-​trə-​ˈvər-​ \ noun
controvertible \ ˈkän-​trə-​ˌvər-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce controvert (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of controvert

1563, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Controvert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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