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1 Deny the truth of (something)‘subsequent work from the same laboratory controverted these results’
contradict, repudiate, gainsay, declare untrue, dissent from, disagree with, challenge, contest, opposeView synonyms
- ‘I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted.’
- ‘Michael Williams is not the first author to controvert its teachings.’
- ‘It is there and it is not controverted in relevant respect.’
- ‘The creeds make no claims on us, for as soon as they become controverted, the judges stated, they cease to have authority.’
- ‘We have already seen some of the first struggle, between a text originating in the oral tradition and a later textually-based anthropological and historical tradition that controverts its authority.’
- ‘There is nothing here that controverts a finding which is the barest minimum finding to sustain the charge.’
- ‘If it is a factual question, although it can be received here, Mr Jackson would be entitled to attempt to controvert it if he could.’
- ‘I have laid down four propositions which I think cannot be controverted.’
- ‘The facts of his incarceration are not controverted.’
- ‘In such cases, the earlier acquittal would not be controverted by a guilty verdict on the second.’
- ‘If the evidence used to reach a conclusion is later controverted, can the conclusion itself still be correct?’
- ‘They are wide open to spiritual suggestions that controvert and challenge the beliefs of their families.’
- ‘The defendants are all in a position to controvert the contents of the statements if they dispute them.’
- ‘For soon, empirical evidence about actual marriages will exist to potentially controvert the predictions.’
- 1.1Argue about (something)‘the views in the article have been controverted’
- ‘Is that not the key proposition which the parties seek to controvert?’
- ‘If the employer is to controvert that, there should be documentation of the problems.’
- ‘None of the propositions that I have placed before the Court thus far, with perhaps the exception of the relevance of the precontract correspondence, can be controverted.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin controversus (see controversy), on the pattern of pairs such as adversus (see adverse), advertere (see advert).
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