- The definition of a controversy is a public disagreement with two sides openly debating.
An example of a controversy is a fight between two famous parents in a custody battle.
controversy definition by Webster's New World
- a lengthy discussion of an important question in which opposing opinions clash; debate; disputation
- a quarrel or dispute
Origin: Middle English controversie ; from Classical Latin controversia ; from controversus, turned in an opposite direction ; from contra, against plush versus: see verse
controversy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. con·tro·ver·sies
- A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views. See Synonyms at argument.
- The act or practice of engaging in such disputes: writers skilled at controversy.
Origin: Middle English controversie, from Latin contrōversia, from contrōversus, disputed : contrō- (variant of contrā, contra-) + versus, past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
controversy - Legal Definition
- A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
- In constitutional law, an actual, definite, and concrete dispute over legal rights between parties with adverse interests wherein one party is seeking an adjudication of the dispute and specific relief of a conclusive nature. Also called case or controversy requirement. See also adversary proceeding.