- of, relating to, or characteristic of controversy, or prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; polemical: a controversial book.
- subject to controversy; debatable: a controversial decision.
- given to controversy; argumentative; disputatious: a controversial public figure.
Origin of controversial
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Examples from the Web for controversially
He fought it controversially, and at times in pretty boneheaded ways.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
Perhaps most controversially, HKND is authorized to expropriate land wherever it wants.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
O'Mara co-counsel, Don West, had opened the defense's trial controversially with a joke.George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty; Looks Forward to 'Getting His Life Back'
July 14, 2013
Controversially, Sarah Ferguson was also present with her daughters Eugenie and Beatrice.Prince Harry Cheers On Team GB To Record Gold Haul, Keeps Distance From Fergie
August 8, 2012
Also with him are Eugenie, Beatrice and - controversially - their mum Sarah Ferguson.Harry Watches Another Gold, Fergie present
August 7, 2012
It would have been controversially futile if he had done so.Voltaire
"I thought he was German," said C. Weinpusslacher, controversially.H. R.
Controversially speaking, neither of these two "Lives" are of any value.Bolougne-Sur-Mer
Reverend William Canon Fleming
I am compelled to say this, if I speak at all of the Arians, which I do historically rather than controversially.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV
It may therefore appear that I took the opinion too controversially, and it seems to me that I sometimes took it too seriously.Eugenics and Other Evils
G. K. Chesterton
Word Origin and History for controversially
1580s, from Late Latin controversialis "pertaining to controversy," from Latin controversia (see controversy).