in·​con·​tro·​vert·​ible | \ (ˌ)in-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-tə-bəl How to pronounce incontrovertible (audio) \

Definition of incontrovertible

: not open to question : indisputable incontrovertible facts

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incontrovertibly \ (ˌ)in-​ˌkän-​trə-​ˈvər-​tə-​blē How to pronounce incontrovertible (audio) \ 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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incontrovertible facts that left the jury with no choice but to convict
Recent Examples on the Web The script would have cast plausible deniability over otherwise incontrovertible evidence—except that it was discovered by the police, and both Fenech and his doctor later testified to its provenance. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 What little accountability exists often seems to require incontrovertible video evidence: A bystander’s video of an officer beating a truck driver in East Jerusalem quickly prompted the officer’s firing. New York Times, "An Autistic Man Is Killed, Exposing Israel’s Festering Police Brutality Problem," 7 Dec. 2020 Another nagging, incontrovertible fact is that the novel coronavirus has disproportionately ravaged the elderly and people of color. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "'Too many have been lost': Kentucky's coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000," 9 Sep. 2020 The results are incontrovertible: The 109-year-old health center is, well, still a great hospital. Fortune, "Introducing the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals," 30 June 2020 Evidence for the substance’s existence is close to incontrovertible, but no one yet knows what it is made of. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers," 9 June 2020 But the incontrovertible evidence around the world of the disease's horror, has instead resulted in mixed messages from the government. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Bolsonaro calls coronavirus a 'little flu.' Inside Brazil's hospitals, doctors know the horrifying reality," 23 May 2020 In 2019, a series of investigations revealed incontrovertible evidence of the grave national-security danger associated with a wide array of Huawei’s telecommunications equipment. H. R. Mcmaster, The Atlantic, "The United States Needs a New China Strategy," 17 Apr. 2020 Today’s country bands don’t play for keeps, but John Prine comes from a place where those things are incontrovertible. Holly Gleason, cleveland, "Down on the beach, the sandman sleeps: Sweet dreams, John Prine," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of incontrovertible

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Incontrovertible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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formal : not able to be doubted or questioned

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