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
Less controversially, sports give alumni reasons to donate.
Even more controversially, he has suggested they encourage social mobility.
The court may strike out parts of the charter or, less controversially, set
  limits on how it is interpreted.
Another group of price-insensitive buyers, more controversially, are western
  pension funds and life insurers.
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