non·​con·​tro·​ver·​sial | \ ˌnän-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl How to pronounce noncontroversial (audio) , -ˈvər-sē-əl\

Definition of noncontroversial

: not arousing or subject to controversy or dispute : not controversial a noncontroversial subject/nominee noncontroversial legislation

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Synonyms & Antonyms for noncontroversial


safe, uncontroversial


controversial, hot-button

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This is usually a noncontroversial process, but Michaels’s attorneys made it so by saying that since there were so many questions about the legitimacy of Whitaker’s appointment, the court should resolve the issue. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 The short formal gatherings were a noncontroversial proceeding in a merger that has generated considerable drama in the past six months. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Shareholders Approve Walt Disney Deal for 21st Century Fox Assets," 27 July 2018 Pallone’s opposition is notable because if GOP leaders want to rush the legislation through the House using a process normally reserved for noncontroversial measures, that could require a two-thirds majority, the AP's Alan Fram points out. Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Republicans could lower Obamacare premiums. But will they?," 13 Mar. 2018 On the other hand, many lawyers, despite voicing support for those confronting these issues head-on, continued their noncontroversial, traditional business as usual. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 6 July 2018 But the term is so noncontroversial in legal circles that Obama and his administration used it with some regularity. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Jeff Sessions's 'Anglo-American' comments, and the danger of the liberal Trump outrage machine," 13 Feb. 2018 This past spring, the Trump administration opposed a breastfeeding resolution during a World Health Assembly meeting that was widely considered noncontroversial., "Pediatrician shares the danger of promoting formula in poorer nations," 10 July 2018 These reforms significantly shifted election-day culture but were largely noncontroversial. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Why Are There Laws That Restrict What People Can Wear to the Polls?," 15 June 2018 Such standards would be straightforward and noncontroversial, including measures to prevent underage gambling and assurances that players, referees and coaches will not participate in sports betting., "Sports Betting Is Inevitable—Let's Make Sure It's Done Right," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of noncontroversial

1861, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of noncontroversial

: not causing a lot of discussion, disagreement, or argument : not likely to cause controversy

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