- 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 controvert
That you know your duty, and will not offer to controvert his will?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Moreover, there are few now remaining who of their own memory could controvert or correct me.In the Valley
He says it is purely speculative, but he does not controvert it.Storyology
My short residence at Castlebar did not tend to controvert these impressions.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
This different suggestion Jabe did not take the trouble to controvert.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
- 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 controvert
c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.
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