Controversy definition

kŏntrə-vûrsē
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A lengthy discussion of an important question in which opposing opinions clash; debate; disputation.
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A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views.
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The act or practice of engaging in such disputes.

Writers skilled at controversy.

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A quarrel or dispute.
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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.

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A difference in views, especially in public, between individuals taking opposite sides on a particular issue.
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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.
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A cause of action or claim that is part of a lawsuit, but is independent and separate from the other causes of action and claims in the action and can be severed and litigated separately from them.
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A debate, discussion of opposing opinions; strife.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
controversy
Plural:
controversies

Origin of controversy

  • Middle English controversie from Latin contrōversia from contrōversus disputed contrō- (variant of contrā contra-) versus past participle of vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French controversie, from Latin controversia (“debate, contention, controversy”), from controversus (“turned in an opposite direction”).

    From Wiktionary