non·con·tro·ver·sial | \ˌnän-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl, -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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safe, uncontroversial


controversial, hot-button

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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 But Democrats actually provided the votes against the noncontroversial continuing resolution that meant government shut down. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Democrats caved on the shutdown, and they're admitting it," 22 Jan. 2018 Facing scrutiny, McGowan was rarely noncontroversial. Rebecca Farley,, "Breaking Down Rose McGowan's Controversial New Interview," 9 May 2018 Gaines described the London trip as noncontroversial., "Statehouse continues to reel over reports tying House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger to FBI inquiry," 10 Apr. 2018 The legislation failed March 13 after Republicans brought it to the floor under suspension of the rules, an approach typically reserved for noncontroversial bills that requires two-thirds support for passage. Elise Viebeck,, "House approves 'right-to-try' bill, giving seriously ill patients access to experimental drugs," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of noncontroversial

1861, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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