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 The president’s interventions have turned something that should be uncontroversial into yet another excuse for partisan warfare. The Economist, "Two myths America should prepare now for voting by mail in November’s election," 18 Apr. 2020 Not that long ago, this would have been seen as uncontroversial. Michael R. Bloomberg, Twin Cities, "Michael Bloomberg: Enough with ‘speech is violence.’ Democracy requires discomfort.," 22 Sep. 2019 Indianapolis Star A once-controversial Larry Bird mural has been covered up with an uncontroversial tribute to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Controversial Larry Bird mural has been painted over with healthcare worker tribute," 13 Apr. 2020 Even the prominent YouTuber Casey Neistat, who now has 11 million subscribers, found an apparently uncontroversial Indonesian travelogue was de-monetized. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Watch Out Google, YouTubers Are Unionizing," 14 Aug. 2019 Eastman is well-known in the Capitol for his lonely votes against otherwise uncontroversial proposals. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House’s minority Republicans put controversial Wasilla representative on probation," 5 Mar. 2020 The flaw of regulated television network news was its excessively sober, centrist, and determinedly uncontroversial outlook. Nicholas Lemann, The New York Review of Books, "Can Journalism Be Saved?," 11 Feb. 2020 However, in the climate research literature, the links between a warming climate and increased bush fire risk in Australia are robust and uncontroversial. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Unprecedented, ‘catastrophic’ fire danger in Australia as bush fires rage amid bone-dry conditions, high winds," 11 Nov. 2019 For centuries, people have wrestled with the fact that there is no uncontroversial pronoun to refer to a subject of unknown, indeterminate or mixed gender. The Economist, "Johnson Who do they think they are?," 18 Jan. 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 30 May. 2020.

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