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ˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əlcon·tro·ver·sial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. controversialadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. controversialadjective

    Arousing controversyu2014a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.

    Etymology: From controversia + -al; see controversy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Controversialadjective

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

    Etymology: [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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of controversial in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of controversial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of controversial in a Sentence

  1. Frank Gorenc:

    This is not just a Pacific problem; it is as significant in Europe as it is anywhere else on the planet, i don't think it's controversial to say they've closed the gap in capability.

  2. Cecil Andrus:

    I suspect they know what they are planning will be very controversial and, for that reason, want to keep it secret.

  3. Carrie Severino:

    The fact that the Court added the constitutional question means that some justices recognized that this is not a run of the mill act of prosecutorial discretion, but a novel and controversial power grab.

  4. Ran Zwigenberg:

    The problem is the controversy surrounding the Olympics, and it’s being very politicized, and that’s something that a lot of people in Hiroshima don’t like. They don’t like to have the image of their city wedded to this kind of controversial visit.

  5. Supreme Court:

    Today's decision reflects a significant step away from the idea of independent executive branch agencies, although the court limited its holding to whether a single director of The CFPB could be protected from being fired by the President for any reason, its analysis makes clear that a majority of the current Justices are skeptical of any independence within the executive branch -- which could open the door to even broader and more significant challenges to older -- and less controversial -- agencies going forward.

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