Definitions for controversialˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tro•ver•sialˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əl(adj.)

  1. of, characterized by, or subject to controversy:

    a controversial decision.

  2. given to controversy; disputatious.

Origin of controversial:

1575–85; < LL


Princeton's WordNet

  1. controversial(adj)

    marked by or capable of arousing controversy

    "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial"; "Rushdie's controversial book"; "a controversial decision on affirmative action"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. controversial(adjective)ˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əl

    ≠ uncontroversial

    the controversial decision to release the prisoners; The race ended controversially.


  1. controversial(Adjective)

    Arousing controversyu2014a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.

  2. Origin: From controversia + -al; see controversy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Controversial(adj)

    relating to, or consisting of, controversy; disputatious; polemical; as, controversial divinity

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'controversial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4266

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'controversial' in Adjectives Frequency: #571

Translations for controversial

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


causing controversy

His new book is very controversial.

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