Definition of controvert in English:

controvert

Syllabification: con·tro·vert
Pronunciation: /ˈkäntrəˌvərt, ˌkäntrəˈvərt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Deny the truth of (something): subsequent work from the same laboratory controverted these results
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    • We have already seen some of the first struggle, between a text originating in the oral tradition and a later textually-based anthropological and historical tradition that controverts its authority.
    • There is nothing here that controverts a finding which is the barest minimum finding to sustain the charge.
    • The facts of his incarceration are not controverted.
  • 1.1Argue about (something): the views in the article have been controverted
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    • None of the propositions that I have placed before the Court thus far, with perhaps the exception of the relevance of the precontract correspondence, can be controverted.
    • If the employer is to controvert that, there should be documentation of the problems.
    • Is that not the key proposition which the parties seek to controvert?

Derivatives

controvertible

adjective
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  • It allows you to measure a problem, gives you facts that are less controvertible.
  • The gap between the promulgation of abstract standards and the controvertible application of those standards to particular cases is a persistent theme in constitutional adjudication.
  • And of course, ‘census-taking’ is not just controvertible, it's also litigable.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin controversus (see controversy), on the pattern of pairs such as adversus (see adverse), advertere (see advert2).

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