non·​con·​tro·​ver·​sial ˌnän-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl How to pronounce noncontroversial (audio)
: not arousing or subject to controversy or dispute : not controversial
a noncontroversial subject/nominee
noncontroversial legislation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His rhetorical move is to insist that these small-seeming, noncontroversial policies carry a bigger meaning. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2022 But these are mostly noncontroversial bills that do things like bestow honors, rename a post office or erect statues. Karim Doumar, ProPublica, 17 Oct. 2022 Tax equity investments provide corporations with a noncontroversial approach to making positive environmental and social impacts. George Strobel, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The gender identity section teaches students noncontroversial topics, like that there are no jobs appropriate for one gender and not another. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Items such as proclamations and resolutions are usually considered noncontroversial and only require the council to vote once according to Hartley. Preston Fore And Alta Spells, CNN, 15 June 2022 The state Senate approved the non-binding, ceremonial measure by a voice vote then in what amounted to noncontroversial legislative activity. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2022 On a Thursday in May, the hosts of a Begich fundraiser in Soldotna presented him as the clear, noncontroversial choice for Young’s seat. Dan Zak, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Even last year members were split over embracing the GOP’s floor strategy of preventing Democrats from passing noncontroversial legislation in an expedient manner. Shannon Larson,, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noncontroversial was in 1861

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“Noncontroversial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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