un·​con·​tro·​ver·​sial | \ ˌən-ˌkän-trə-ˈvər-shəl How to pronounce uncontroversial (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Much of what Biden has said and done has been uncontroversial, and she's had few tricky shoals to navigate in terms of race, feminism or immigrant background. USA Today, "First lady Jill Biden’s first 100 days: How ‘Dr. B’ is transforming antiquated FLOTUS role," 27 Apr. 2021 The distinction between controversial and uncontroversial seems to rely on an arbiter or a gatekeeper of which ideas fall within the bounds of mainstream discussion. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, "Peter Singer Is Committed to Controversial Ideas," 25 Apr. 2021 As divisive as vaccination policy can be, a voluntary system for documenting your own vaccination status should be uncontroversial. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Vaccine Passports Are Inevitable," 9 Apr. 2021 There was never a time when the Nobel Peace Prize was uncontroversial. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "A Nobel Peace Laureate and Horror in Ethiopia," 22 Mar. 2021 The idea that being outside makes humans feel good is boringly old, boringly uncontroversial, and endorsed boringly at length by Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "How (and Why) to Smell Like a Forest, Wherever You May Be," 28 Mar. 2021 Walsh's nomination has been relatively uncontroversial. BostonGlobe.com, "Mayor Marty Walsh expected to be confirmed as labor secretary," 22 Mar. 2021 Britain’s then-uncontroversial membership of the European Union—and unsettled by their own admiration for Blair. Samuel Earle, The New Republic, "The Sordid Story of the Most Successful Political Party in the World," 23 Feb. 2021 Regan's pick also may be relatively uncontroversial politically, whereas Nichols was bound to receive pushback from Republican senators who have blasted California's aggressive climate policies. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden picks North Carolina environment chief Michael Regan to lead EPA, filling critical post for his climate agenda: Reports," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of uncontroversial

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncontroversial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontroversial. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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