incontrovertible

adjective

in·​con·​tro·​vert·​ible (ˌ)in-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-tə-bəl How to pronounce incontrovertible (audio)
: not open to question : indisputable
incontrovertible facts
incontrovertibly adverb

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If something is indisputable, it's incontrovertible. But if it is open to question, is it controvertible? It sure is. The antonyms controvertible and incontrovertible are both derivatives of the verb controvert (meaning "to dispute or oppose by reasoning"), which is itself a spin-off of controversy. And what is the source of all of these controversial terms? The Latin adjective controversus, which literally means "turned against."

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Example Sentences

incontrovertible facts that left the jury with no choice but to convict
Recent Examples on the Web All said that the incontrovertible evidence that climate change has already arrived — in the form of frighteningly extreme wildfires, drought, storms, and floods afflicting every corner of the United States — has helped build political support. Lisa Friedman, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 All said that the incontrovertible evidence that climate change has already arrived— in the form of frighteningly extreme wildfires, drought, storms and floods afflicting every corner of the United States — has helped build political support. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2022 The evidence—surveillance-camera footage, bodies of people with their hands tied and gunshot wounds in the back of their heads—seems incontrovertible. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 The widespread availability of at-home COVID tests has changed the usefulness of many metrics used to track the pandemic, but one has remained incontrovertible: Hospitalizations. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 15 July 2022 Like other work by Oakes and his fellow hagiographers, the review systematically distorts or suppresses incontrovertible facts of law and history. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, 12 May 2022 The camps would become three-dimensional keepers of the historical record—geographical testimonies of the incontrovertible horror of the Holocaust. Mattie Kahn, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 Even when LuPone is just shimmying along with the ensemble, her magnetism is as incontrovertible as a natural law. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 The sheer efficacy of vaccination is scientifically incontrovertible, and after clean water, immunization is the most life-saving intervention in human history. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incontrovertible was in 1646

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“Incontrovertible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incontrovertible. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 28 Aug 2022

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