- to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
- to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin of controvert
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1. refute, rebut.
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Examples from the Web for controverted
This position cannot be controverted as regards the ancient religions.Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries
They cannot be controverted; nothing can overturn them, or modify them, or set them aside.The Lighthouse
The deductions drawn from these experiments are not to be controverted or denied.The Dawn of Reason
Controverted the Aristotelians concerning falling bodies, at Pisa.Pioneers of Science
It is not expressly given in cases in which its existence is not controverted.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)
- to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
- to argue or wrangle about
C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for controverted
c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.
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