un·​con·​tro·​ver·​sial | \ˌən-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl, -ˈvər-sē-əl\

Definition of uncontroversial 

: not likely to be disputed or to cause strife or quarrel : not relating to or arousing controversy an uncontroversial opinion In all, Hagel should be an uncontroversial choice to head the Pentagon.— Hayes Brown

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uncontroversially adverb
Hippies were photogenic, free love and the psychedelic style made good copy, and the music was uncontroversially great. — Louis Menand

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noncontroversial, safe


controversial, hot-button

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Despite his role shepherding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court and Republican reticence to upend that process, another caretaker option would be Kyl, now a Washington lobbyist viewed as a safe, uncontroversial choice. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "McCain successor speculation mounts, amid partisan divide," 27 Aug. 2018 Normally, unanimity in the House of Commons is reserved for uncontroversial topics. The Economist, "A culture war comes to Westminster," 5 July 2018 An Unprecedented Situation In its 20-year history, CHIP had always been uncontroversial, even popular in both parties. Selena Simmons-duffin, Washington Post, "After Months In Limbo For Children’s Health Insurance, Huge Relief Over Deal," 25 Jan. 2018 Garmendia's videos, which are uncontroversial and kid-friendly, likely appeal to such advertisers. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, "Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All," 8 June 2018 That’s no longer the case, and now almost half of all marriages end in divorce, according to official figures, so Markle's own is relatively uncontroversial. NBC News, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle help make Britain's monarchy modern," 21 Apr. 2018 Goods, such as hospital beds, are uncontroversial; no one thinks the government should manufacture them itself. The Economist, "Britain’s outsourcing model, copied around the world, is in trouble," 28 June 2018 Lightizer’s basic charge — that the Chinese government does not respect other nations’ intellectual property laws — is uncontroversial. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Raises Taxes on Chinese Goods, Eyes Foreign Cars Next," 15 June 2018 Emanuel’s allies on the City Council routinely move to put three uncontroversial nonbinding questions on the ballot, thereby blocking questions that could potentially embarrass the mayor from coming before voters. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Quinn seeks two-term limit for Chicago mayors — including Rahm Emanuel," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of uncontroversial

1861, in the meaning defined above

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