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Giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement.‘years of wrangling over a controversial bypass’
contentious, disputed, contended, at issue, moot, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, open to discussion, open to question, under discussiontendentiousemotive, sensitive, delicate, difficult, awkward, problematiccontrovertibleView synonyms
- ‘Over recent days the controversial issue of the politics of aid has begun to emerge.’
- ‘Tackling these big and controversial issues early in the third term would make sense.’
- ‘She will be asked to find a solution over the controversial issue of a ban on hunting with dogs.’
- ‘Proving their controversial claim will be difficult for the two sisters, however.’
- ‘Ian Waugh looks at the rise of one of the country's most controversial political figures.’
- ‘He was one of the most controversial figures in colonial religious and political history.’
- ‘The bid to put up the mast comes a week before a public meeting is to be held to discuss the controversial plan.’
- ‘The debate over the use of cannabis in medicine is controversial and emotive.’
- ‘Pay hikes awarded to council bosses mirror the highly controversial rises in council tax.’
- ‘It will be interesting to see whether this starts a spate of controversial videos in the next few months.’
- ‘Now they have reversed the controversial decision after pressure from swimmers.’
- ‘It will now have to look at it again, but the controversial issue will first be debated at full Council.’
- ‘Under the controversial plan all regiments would have at least two battalions.’
- ‘This year he also implemented a controversial policy of free school meals for all city children.’
- ‘A public inquiry will rule on a controversial plan to site a wind farm on moors north of Bury.’
- ‘He hardly ever seems to make his mind up about anything and he hates saying anything controversial.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The project has become highly controversial due to the history and sensitivity of the site.’
- ‘The event comes to the York area at a time when the issue of waste in the city was never more controversial.’
Late 16th century: from late Latin controversialis, from controversia (see controversy).
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