- to argue or reason against; contradict; deny; dispute
- to argue about; debate; discuss
Origin of controvertback-formation from controversy, modeled on words ending in -vert (e.g., divert, revert)
transitive verbcon·tro·vert·ed, con·tro·vert·ing, con·tro·verts
Origin of controvertBack-formation from controversy
(third-person singular simple present controverts, present participle controverting, simple past and past participle controverted)
From Latin as if *controvertere, assumed from controversus, from contro- (“against”) + vertere (“to turn”).