Controversial definition

kŏntrə-vûrshəl, -sē-əl
Controversial describes something that is likely to create disagreement.

Politics is an example of a controversial topic.

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Arousing controversy—a debate or discussion of opposing opinions.
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Fond of controversy; disputatious.
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Of, producing, or marked by controversy.

A controversial movie; a controversial stand on human rights.

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Of, subject to, or stirring up controversy; debatable.
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(rare) Liking to take part in controversy; disputatious.
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Origin of controversial

  • From Latin controversia (“controversy”) + -al; see controversy.

    From Wiktionary