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con·tro·ver·sial

controversial

 
 
pronunciation:
kan tr vuhr shl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, relating to, or characterized by controversy.
Immigration is a controversial issue in the areas close to the border.
synonyms:
arguable, at issue, factious
similar words:
contradictory, dialectic, litigious, polemical
definition 2: subject to debate.
The findings of this study are controversial and further research is being called for.That the dinosaur bones are authentic has been well proven and is no longer controversial.
synonyms:
contentious, debatable, disputable, moot, questionable
definition 3: tending to dispute; argumentative.
synonyms:
argumentative, contentious, disputatious, litigious, quarrelsome
similar words:
belligerent
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derivation: controversially (adv.)
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