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[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt] /ˈkɒn trəˌvɜrt, ˌkɒn trəˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin of controvert
1600-10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert1, etc.
Related forms
controverter, controvertist, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
uncontroverted, adjective
uncontrovertedly, adverb
uncontrovertible, adjective
uncontrovertibly, adverb
Can be confused
contravene, controvert.
1. refute, rebut. Unabridged
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  • 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


/ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt; ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt/
verb (transitive)
to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
to argue or wrangle about
Derived Forms
controverter, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for controvertible



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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