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controvert

[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt] /ˈkɒn trəˌvɜrt, ˌkɒn trəˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
2.
to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert, etc.
Related forms
controverter, controvertist, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
uncontroverted, adjective
uncontrovertedly, adverb
uncontrovertible, adjective
uncontrovertibly, adverb
Can be confused
contravene, controvert.
Synonyms
1. refute, rebut.
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Examples from the web for controvert
  • The defendant shall have the right to hear and controvert this evidence and to offer evidence in his support.
  • Failure to deny or controvert any particular allegation will be deemed an admission thereof.
British Dictionary definitions for controvert

controvert

/ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt; ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
2.
to argue or wrangle about
Derived Forms
controverter, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for controvert
v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.

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