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controvert

[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
  2. to argue about; debate; discuss.
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Origin of controvert

1600–10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert1, etc.
Related formscon·tro·vert·er, con·tro·vert·ist, nouncon·tro·vert·i·ble, adjectivecon·tro·vert·i·bly, adverbun·con·tro·vert·ed, adjectiveun·con·tro·vert·ed·ly, adverbun·con·tro·vert·i·ble, adjectiveun·con·tro·vert·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcontravene controvert

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1. refute, rebut.
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Examples from the Web for controvertible

Historical Examples

  • But he hastily goes on to an assertion which seems arbitrary and controvertible.

    Matthew Arnold

    G. W. E. Russell

  • But if it be at all a controvertible case, whether the cause be just or not, then the husband being governor must be judge.


British Dictionary definitions for controvertible

controvert

verb (tr)
  1. to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
  2. to argue or wrangle about
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Derived Formscontroverter, nouncontrovertible, adjectivecontrovertibly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for controvertible

controvert

v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.

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