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[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
  2. 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.
Related formscon·tro·vert·er, con·tro·vert·ist, nouncon·tro·vert·i·ble, adjectivecon·tro·vert·i·bly, adverbun·con·tro·vert·ed, adjectiveun·con·tro·vert·ed·ly, adverbun·con·tro·vert·i·ble, adjectiveun·con·tro·vert·i·bly, adverb
Can be confusedcontravene controvert


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Examples from the Web for uncontroverted

Historical Examples

  • Of Lycurgus the lawgiver we have nothing to relate that is certain and uncontroverted.

    Ideal Commonwealths


  • And, in fact, the record in so many words so stated, and the statement was uncontroverted by the relator.

  • These principles, it is believed, are uncontroverted by any civilized nation in modern times.

  • That Mr. Darwin's theory excludes teleology is everywhere assumed as an uncontroverted and uncontrovertible fact.

    What is Darwinism?

    Charles Hodge

  • Ever since, the privilege of the commons, in all other places except in the house of peers, has passed for uncontroverted.

British Dictionary definitions for uncontroverted


verb (tr)
  1. to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
  2. to argue or wrangle about
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Derived Formscontroverter, nouncontrovertible, adjectivecontrovertibly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for uncontroverted


1640s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of controvert.

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c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.

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