- to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
- to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin of controvert
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Related Words for controvertibleambiguous, problematic, suspicious, dubious, arguable, controversial, vague, debatable, unproven, questionable, contentious, disputed, baseless, lame, groundless, thin, feeble, frivolous, false, poor
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Historical Examples of controvertible
- to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
- to argue or wrangle about
Word Origin for controvert
C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.
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