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controversial

[kon-truh-vur-shuh l] /ˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of controversy, or prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; polemical:
a controversial book.
2.
subject to controversy; debatable:
a controversial decision.
3.
given to controversy; argumentative; disputatious:
a controversial public figure.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Late Latin contrōversiālis, equivalent to Latin contrōversi(a) controversy + -ālis -al1
Related forms
controversialism, noun
controversialist, noun
controversially, adverb
noncontroversial, adjective
noncontroversially, adverb
precontroversial, adjective
uncontroversial, adjective
uncontroversially, adverb
Synonyms
2. arguable, questionable.
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Word Origin and History for controversialist

controversial

adj.

1580s, from Late Latin controversialis "pertaining to controversy," from Latin controversia (see controversy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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