Definitions for controversialˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əl

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  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"

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  1. controversial(Adjective)

    Arousing controversyu2014a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.

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

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(3.00 / 1 vote)

  1. Controversial(adj)

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

  2. Origin: [Cf. LL. controversialis.]

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  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


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