Definition of controversial in English:

controversial

adjective

  • Giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement.

    ‘years of wrangling over a controversial bypass’
    • ‘He was one of the most controversial figures in colonial religious and political history.’
    • ‘He hardly ever seems to make his mind up about anything and he hates saying anything controversial.’
    • ‘This year he also implemented a controversial policy of free school meals for all city children.’
    • ‘Tackling these big and controversial issues early in the third term would make sense.’
    • ‘It will now have to look at it again, but the controversial issue will first be debated at full Council.’
    • ‘Now they have reversed the controversial decision after pressure from swimmers.’
    • ‘The project has become highly controversial due to the history and sensitivity of the site.’
    • ‘Proving their controversial claim will be difficult for the two sisters, however.’
    • ‘The event comes to the York area at a time when the issue of waste in the city was never more controversial.’
    • ‘Over recent days the controversial issue of the politics of aid has begun to emerge.’
    • ‘Ian Waugh looks at the rise of one of the country's most controversial political figures.’
    • ‘The bid to put up the mast comes a week before a public meeting is to be held to discuss the controversial plan.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see whether this starts a spate of controversial videos in the next few months.’
    • ‘A public inquiry will rule on a controversial plan to site a wind farm on moors north of Bury.’
    • ‘The debate over the use of cannabis in medicine is controversial and emotive.’
    • ‘If an issue is controversial, relevant opinions as well as facts may need to be considered.’
    • ‘Anthony is a controversial figure and has a habit of saying things just to drum up a bit of publicity.’
    • ‘Under the controversial plan all regiments would have at least two battalions.’
    • ‘She will be asked to find a solution over the controversial issue of a ban on hunting with dogs.’
    • ‘Pay hikes awarded to council bosses mirror the highly controversial rises in council tax.’
    contentious, disputed, contended, at issue, moot, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, open to discussion, open to question, under discussion
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Origin

Late 16th century: from late Latin controversialis, from controversia (see controversy).

Pronunciation

controversial

/kɒntrəˈvəːʃ(ə)l/