controversial

[ kon-truh-vur-shuhl ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈvɜr ʃəl /

adjective

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.

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Origin of controversial

1575–85; < Late Latin contrōversiālis, equivalent to Latin contrōversi(a) controversy + -ālis -al1

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