Giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement: years of wrangling over a controversial bypass
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- Pay hikes awarded to council bosses mirror the highly controversial rises in council tax.
- Ian Waugh looks at the rise of one of the country's most controversial political figures.
- The debate over the use of cannabis in medicine is controversial and emotive.
contentious, disputed, contended, at issue, moot, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, open to discussion/question, under discussion;
emotive, sensitive, delicate, difficult, awkward, problematic
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- Yet neither public policymakers nor the controversialists who harass them can reasonably expect to enter a new year without making some kind of assessment of what the next 12 months may hold.
- There is something about the Hitchens family that breeds controversialists with deft pens.
- Of course I'm a professional controversialist but, once my copy is filed, I'm invariably the person at any gathering murmuring, ‘Oh, let's just agree to disagree!’
Late 16th century: from late Latin controversialis, from controversia (see controversy).
Words that rhyme with controversialcommercial, Herschel, inertial, infomercial
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