controvert

[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
2.
to argue about; debate; discuss.

Origin:
1600–10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert, etc.

controverter, controvertist, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
uncontroverted, adjective
uncontrovertedly, adverb
uncontrovertible, adjective
uncontrovertibly, adverb

contravene, controvert.


1. refute, rebut.
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controvert (ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt, ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt)
 
vb
1.  to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
2.  to argue or wrangle about
 
[C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy]
 
'controverter
 
n
 
contro'vertible
 
adj
 
contro'vertibly
 
adv

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controvert
c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted (c.1600).
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Example sentences
All these statements are made without qualification, even though every one of them is controvertible and even improbable.
It is reasonable to conclude global warming science is far from settled and is certainly controvertible.
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