What does controversial mean?

Definitions for controversial
ˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl, -si əlcon·tro·ver·sial

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. controversial(Adjective)

    Arousing controversyu2014a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.

    Etymology: From controversia + -al; see controversy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Controversial(adj)

    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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Numerology

  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. Henry M. Wriston:

    Those who misrepresent the normal experiences of life, who decry being controversial, who shun risk, are the enemies of the American way of life, whatever the piety of their vocal professions and the patriotic flavor of their platitudes.

  2. Adriana Ramos:

    Brazil already had the chance to express its views on the opening of Renca to development, and public opinion was not favorable, but the government prefers to announce controversial and outdated initiatives instead of new ideas for sustainable development in the Amazon.

  3. Terry Jones:

    I never thought it would be as controversial as it turned out, although I remember saying when we were writing it that some religious nut case may take potshots at us, at the time, religion seemed to be on the back burner and it felt like kicking a dead donkey. It has come back with a vengeance and we'd think twice about making it now.

  4. Alexander Dobrindt:

    It is very controversial whether sanctions against Russia work as they are meant to.

  5. President Trump:

    His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial, others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a full pardon!

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