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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But Trump largely stuck to noncontroversial themes, lauding the military, praising prominent Americans through history, and avoiding the mudslinging typical of his campaign rallies. Christina Prignano,, "Trump blames teleprompter for statement that Revolutionary War army ‘took over the airports’," 5 July 2019 Yet House progressives took even this noncontroversial bill hostage. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Money for the Border, at Last," 28 June 2019 If Yelich plays another 10 years in the league -- lofty, sure, but fairly noncontroversial -- and manages a paltry 3 WAR per season, his number will be in the neighborhood of 63. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Is Christian Yelich on track to be a Hall of Famer? Let's break down where he's headed and what he'd still have to do," 28 June 2019 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

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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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