controversial

I
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. debatable, contestable, arguable, polemic, polemical, controvertible, open to question, open to discussion, open to doubt, open to debate, dubious, doubtful, dubitable, questionable, moot, subject to controversy, in question, suspect, in dispute, at issue, provocative, disputable, contentious, argumentative; see also questionable 1 , uncertain 2 .
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
debatable, moot, arguable, polemical, contestable, questionable, suspect, controvertible, disputable, at issue, unsettled.
ANT.: unquestionable, indisputable, unequivocal

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  • controversial — (adj.) 1580s, from L.L. controversialis pertaining to controversy, from L. controversia (see CONTROVERSY (Cf. controversy)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • controversial — adjective causing a lot of disagreement, because many people have strong opinions about the subject being discussed: Contraception is still a controversial issue in this part of the world. | a controversial plan/decision etc: a highly… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • controversial — con|tro|ver|sial [ˌkɔntrəˈvə:ʃəl US ˌka:ntrəˈvə:r ] adj causing a lot of disagreement, because many people have strong opinions about the subject being discussed ▪ the controversial issue of welfare reform ▪ a highly controversial (=very… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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