controvert

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

Definition of controvert

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to dispute or oppose by reasoning controvert a point in a discussion

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to engage in controversy

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

Recent Examples of controvert from the Web

  • Simon had by that time decided that the Malthusian stuff was the purest mythology, an invention out of whole cloth, a theory that was entirely controverted by every available empirical fact.

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Origin and Etymology of controvert

controversy


First Known Use: 1563


CONTROVERT Defined for English Language Learners

controvert

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Definition of controvert for English Language Learners

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



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