controvert

[ 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.

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Origin of controvert

1600–10; alteration of earlier controverse (<Latin contrōversus;see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert1, etc.

OTHER WORDS FROM controvert

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH controvert

contravene, controvert .
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Example sentences from the Web for controvert

  • 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 controvert

controvert
/ (ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt, ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt) /

verb (tr)

to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
to argue or wrangle about

Derived forms of controvert

controverter, nouncontrovertible, adjectivecontrovertibly, adverb

Word Origin for controvert

C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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