- 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.
Origin of controversial
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2. arguable, questionable.
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Examples from the Web for noncontroversial
By that classic, and noncontroversial, definition, what the Obama administration is contemplating in Syria is absolutely war.This Is War and Why John Kerry’s Rhetoric Isn’t Convincing
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Move on noncontroversial nominations to courts and executive agencies.How Congress Can Redeem Itself
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There's no such thing as an effective and a noncontroversial reorganization and reform.
- not causing dispute, argument, debate, etc
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Word Origin and History for noncontroversial
1580s, from Late Latin controversialis "pertaining to controversy," from Latin controversia (see controversy).
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