controversial

[kon-truh-vur-shuhl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of controversy; polemical: a controversial book.
2.
subject to controversy; debatable: a controversial decision.
3.
given to controversy; disputatious.

Origin:
1575–85; < Late Latin contrōversiālis, equivalent to Latin contrōversi(a) controversy + -ālis -al1

controversialism, noun
controversialist, noun
controversially, adverb
noncontroversial, adjective
noncontroversially, adverb
precontroversial, adjective
uncontroversial, adjective
uncontroversially, adverb


2. arguable, questionable.
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controversy (ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːsɪ, kənˈtrɒvəsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
dispute, argument, or debate, esp one concerning a matter about which there is strong disagreement and esp one carried on in public or in the press
 
[C14: from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus turned in an opposite direction, from contra- + vertere to turn]
 
controversial
 
adj
 
contro'versialism
 
n
 
contro'versialist
 
n
 
contro'versially
 
adv

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controversial
1580s, from L. controversialis, from controversus (see controversy).
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Example sentences
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.
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