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Definitions for controversial
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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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. Mary Watkins:

    I wanted to come see it right now because it's so controversial, i really hope people look at the exhibit as a whole instead of making a snap judgment ... without viewing the whole exhibit, you are not getting the full effect.

  2. Mike Lee:

    This should not be controversial.

  3. Alejandro Lucia:

    This has led to controversial proposals for health policies to [prioritize] physical activity and fitness above weight loss, our study sought to clarify the links between activity, body weight, and heart health.

  4. Robin Kelly:

    I never knew Christopher Columbus was so controversial, i just though Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

  5. Carrie Lam:

    Enacting local legislation to protect national security has always been Hong Kong's constitutional obligation. That is written into the Basic Law (mini-constitution), (But) I have to ask myself whether we have the right conditions conducive to doing this very controversial issue now.

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