Adjective "controversial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement.
  1. 'He was one of the most controversial figures in colonial religious and political history.'
  2. 'This year he also implemented a controversial policy of free school meals for all city children.'
  3. 'It will now have to look at it again, but the controversial issue will first be debated at full Council.'
  4. 'The project has become highly controversial due to the history and sensitivity of the site.'
  5. 'The event comes to the York area at a time when the issue of waste in the city was never more controversial.'
  6. 'Ian Waugh looks at the rise of one of the country's most controversial political figures.'
  7. 'It will be interesting to see whether this starts a spate of controversial videos in the next few months.'
  8. 'The debate over the use of cannabis in medicine is controversial and emotive.'
  9. 'Anthony is a controversial figure and has a habit of saying things just to drum up a bit of publicity.'
  10. 'She will be asked to find a solution over the controversial issue of a ban on hunting with dogs.'


1. of, relating to, or characteristic of controversy, or prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; polemical: a controversial book.

2. subject to controversy; debatable: a controversial decision.

3. given to controversy; argumentative; disputatious: a controversial public figure.

More examples(as adjective)

"accords can be controversial in countries."

"moves can be controversial in congresses."

"people can be controversial on places."

"offers can be controversial in places."

"movies can be controversial in places."

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Late 16th century: from late Latin controversialis, from controversia (see controversy).