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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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Examples from the web for controversial
  • Human beings are proud of what they create-no matter how controversial or deadly.
  • Their attendance-or lack thereof-has been controversial recently.
  • We understand that it will be controversial to release these photographs.
  • It was a controversial notion, but not an unpopular one.
  • The fitful evolution of bacteria supports a controversial theory.
  • Although the evidence remains controversial, he is convinced that the radiation poses a risk to human health.
  • The approach protects controversial areas of study and allows the state to account for costs over decades instead of every year.
  • Even if that is the case it is controversial to say it came from a country.
  • The aim of the article is to inform the reader about this controversial, yet highly quixotic idea.
  • The idea is controversial, though many panelists said they would support it, provided it wasn't the only outcome measure.
Word Origin and History for 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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