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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In August and October, Senate Democrats agreed to confirm two sets of district court nominees, which a senior Democratic aide had said were predominantly uncontroversial. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 The House, newly controlled by Democrats, was expected to easily approve a package that includes six uncontroversial spending bills crafted in the Senate that would fund a slew of federal agencies through September. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Shutdown Approaches the End of Its Second Week," 3 Jan. 2019 The uncontroversial tool of short-term interest rates wasn’t powerful enough, and the other options are the subject of both academic and political disagreement. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Great Recession was awful. And we don’t have a plan to stop the next one.," 16 Oct. 2018 The report identifies five scientific tools to improve sustainability and resilience, and four of them are pretty uncontroversial: understanding soil microbes, deploying sensors, integrating systems, and managing data. Tamar Haspel, Vox, "The public doesn’t trust GMOs. Will it trust CRISPR?," 24 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of uncontroversial

1861, in the meaning defined above

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